The Muskogee Creek Stomp Dancers join members of the Alabama Archaeological Society, as featured newcomers to the Lee County Historical Fair Saturday at Pioneer Park in Loachapoka, AL. The Fair opens at 8 a.m. EST (7 a.m. CST). The Stomp Dancers, performing the Green Corn Dance, appear at 10:45, 1:40 and 4 p.m. EST.
John Cottier and Teresa Paglione of the Alabama Archaeology Society offer an archaeology information booth and free identification of artifacts from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EST Guests may bring arrowheads, tools, spear points and pottery shards for identification.
Kids' activities include free surrey rides, a petting zoo, garden harvest, sugarcane squeezing and cider pressing. To celebrate the fair's 41st year, demonstrations of 1850s Alabama folk life, including flinting arrowheads, throwing pottery, weaving pine straw baskets, grinding cornmeal, quilting, broom making, hand-tooling leather, making jewelry, open hearth cooking, spinning, weaving and blacksmithing. Activities take place across six and one-half acres of Pioneer Park, among nine buildings and various outdoor venues.
Ongoing performances are presented at the bandstand from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EST. The perennial favorite, the Plantation Heirs, singing spirituals, perform at 1:05 p.m. EST. Other acts include the Whistle Stop Pickers, Sweet Fern, Vardo, Camp 1921 String Band, Noisy Deirdre, Heritage Singers, Wire Grass, Ruby Carter, and AB Switch. Ample seating is provided.
Food including sweet potato biscuits, barbecue, beans and greens, camp stew, funnel cakes and sweet potato fritters will be available to purchase.
The Lee County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, was established in 1968 to promote the history of the county, particularly the 1850s time period. For more information, see www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org or call 334-742-7877.