Annual Heritage Fest held

The weekend was filled with amusement, entertainment and even enlightenment as people gathered together to attend the 19th annual Heritage Festival at Wilderness Road State Park on Saturday.

The reinvigorated festival featured all things Appalachian, from authentic twining demonstrations to a Cherokee warrior camp replica.

With several culture-related activities and demonstrations available to both children and adults, the event certainly earned lived up to its reputation as being a true heritage festival.

Several local artists, storytellers and woodcarvers entertained with both traditional and modern Appalachian melodies and customs. Among these performers was the well-known season eight America’s Got Talent contestant, Jimmy Rose, as well as Denise Glass, who performed her popular Patsy Cline tribute.

Other performers that entertained the festival’s audience included: Ken Wilson, Larry Goodwin, Mountain Traditional Carvers and Storytellers and Sons of Liberty.

Demonstrations of traditional hand-crafted techniques was showcased inside the Karlan Mansion, providing a glimpse into the formation of the Appalachian culture. Some of those demonstrations included: woodworking, carving, basket making, rustic wood art, painting, the carving of mini guitars, jewelry crafting, an old-fashioned apple butter stir and much more.