‘Old fashioned’ farm festival comes to Columbus Saturday

Published 3:26 pm Friday, October 2, 2009

The Overmountain Men marched through Polk County in October 1780. According to reports they changed the outcome of the Revolutionary War. On Saturday, Oct. 3 volunteers will be on hand in Stearns Park to talk about the historic march towards Kings Mountain, N.C. (photo submitted) There will be various demonstrations throughout the day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. All of the activities will be centered around the Courthouse Square and Stearns Park in Columbus.

Farm equipment of all vintages and manufacturers will be on display on Mills Street. At 1:30 p.m. a pony parade will be held (more ponies are welcome).

Numerous local community organizations and vendors will be on hand. Exhibits include arts and crafts, a Civil War display, a tractor show, an antique display, and shearing and weaving.

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Entertainment includes the Hickory Grove bluegrass band, pony parade, historic carriage tours, draft horses, Overmountain Men Revolutionary War Reenactment, storytelling and games for children.

Food will include fresh local produce, BBQ, Giardini&squo;s wood-fired pizza, El Sureno Mexican food, apple cider and ice cream.

The festival is supported by the Town of Columbus, Polk Cooperative Extension Service, Polk County Office of Agricultural Economic Development and Tryon Arts & Crafts

Event organizers invite everyone to come out and enjoy fun activities for the whole family.&bsp;Buggy tours at farm festival

&bsp;The Columbus Farm Festival on Saturday, October 3 will offer horse and buggy tours of the downtown area.&bsp;

Caroline and Abraham will provide local residents and visitors with an easy paced ride in the Polk County seat.

The rides will be available from 10 a.m. to noon and there will be two teams of horses.&bsp;

In addition to Caroline and Abraham, the team of Bob and Doc will be showing folks the sights in Columbus.

Children, when accompanied by their parents or grandparents, can ride for free.

The two equestrian teams like all vendors at the Columbus Farm Festival are from Polk County.&bsp; They live at Terceira Farms. COLUMBUS FARM FESTIVITIES

Friday, October 2

Overmountain Men encampment inside Stearns Park after 6 pm

Saturday, October 3

7:30 to 2&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Polk Tailgate Market open, Courthouse St.

9 to 2&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Kid games, Stearns Park

9 to 2&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Overmountain Men Living History, Stearns Park

10 to noon&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Narrated horse & buggy tours of downtown Columbus

10 – until&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Lance Smith storyteller, followed by Steve Whiteside

&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;music at Stearns Park gazebo

10:30&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Youth 4-H Livestock Show begins, Stearns Park

11&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Apple Recipe Contest judging, Courthouse Square

11 to 1&bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Music on the Courthouse Square – &uot;Hickory Grove&uot;

1:30 &bsp;&bsp;&bsp; Pony parade. More ponies welcome.