The festival, in its 24th year, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Henderson.
It will feature old time syrup making, folk artists, storytellers, antique tractors, food vendors, carousel rides and live music at the Depot Museum, museum director Vickie Armstrong said.
She said attendees also can catch a hayride shuttle to Henderson's historic downtown square for arts and crafts, food vendors, live music, an antique auto show, a melodrama called “Double Take at Beatrice's Boarding House” and children's activities. The hayride shuttle costs $2 for the entire day and serves as a fundraiser for the Rusk County 4-H Club. Evening entertainment also is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. downtown.
“First and foremost it is to educate the public … and try to keep folk arts (such as syrup making) alive,” Ms. Armstrong said. “That's why my folk artists demonstrate throughout the day. If you like to see folk artists, this is the place to be.”
She said it's also a place where people can do Christmas shopping and eat plenty of good food.
Ms. Armstrong said the engine on the museum cotton gin also will be running, in addition to the saw mill running and the syrup making, which is always a big attraction. The 1855 Howard- Dickinson House in Henderson also will be open for tours that day.
It's about “bringing tourism to Henderson and letting everyone have a fun-filled day, along with education,” Ms. Armstrong said.
For more information on the festival and a brochure with a complete list of downtown entertainers, visit www.visithendersontx.com