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Mountain Heritage Festival scheduled for this weekend

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By Charlotte Underwood

Take a step back in time at this year’s Mountain Heritage Festival.

With music and handmade crafts, home cooked meals and a mule pull, the 39th annual Mountain Heritage Festival looks to be a day of good old-fashioned country fun.

The two-day festival is scheduled for Sept. 5 and 6 and will be held in the Stinking Creek area.  The festivities will kick off on Saturday at 11 a.m.

There will be blue grass and gospel music both days, along with hand made crafts and crafters on location, according to festival organizer Carolyn Ayers.

“We want to welcome everyone to come out and spend two days in the mountains making friends or renewing old friendships,” Ayers said.

There is a mule pull set for noon on Saturday and a horse show for 6 p.m., that same evening.  The four-wheeler competition will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 “Good home cooked meals and refreshments will also be available,” Ayers said.

The Mountain Heritage Community Club will be selling beverages and food during the event.

The Stanfield Church of God Youth Ministry will sponsor a puppet show and drama activities for the children, according to Ayers.

The event will not only provide a weekend of fun activities, but the proceeds will aid the community in the completion of a community building on the event site.

“We hope to raise enough money to get the inside of our building finished,” Ayers said.  When completed, the community building will have a full kitchen and dining area, along with bathroom facilities.

“When it’s done, it will be something for the whole community to use and host showers and receptions in, or to just get together,” Ayers said.

She said the festival should have something for everyone.

“It’s a great place to bring the family for a day of old fashioned fun,” she said.

To reach the festival grounds, take Stinking Creek exit 144 off of I-75 and turn right.  Go seven miles down Stinking Creek Road and the gate is located on the left. Craft vendors or anyone with questions regarding the event are to call 494-1780.  Food and beverage vendors are prohibited.  There will be a $5 charge at the gate for admission.