Standpipe Festival features Heritage Days


The Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival commemorates over twenty-five years of fun, with new events, updated vendors, and entertaining activities for the whole family. Celebrating the City of Belton and the Belton community, this festival attracts over 8000 visitors annually.

On Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, the city square in Belton hums to the music of popular upstate groups while an art show and market, heritage artisans, sporting events, historical tours, fire truck rides, a classic car show, great food, children’s activities, over 50 quality craft vendors, and community outreach booths entertain the crowds.

After a street dance, the evening ends with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30 PM.

Ever wanted to carve a duck decoy? Thought about making your own soap? Interested in shooting a long rifle? How about making paper cut outs that look like pictures? These skills and more await you when you visit Heritage Days at the Depot this year as part of the Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival, Oct. 5, held on the city square from 10 AM – 4 PM.

“We’ve got a great line up of artisans and historical interpreters this year,” stated BAMA volunteer Alison Darby.

Fifteen heritage skills artisans will surround the Historic Depot from 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday.  Visitors can try their hands at making a broom, weaving a basket, fashioning a wooden wheel, stamping a piece of leather, carving a decoy, weaving a Cherokee sash with their fingers, creating a picture with scissors and paper, crafting handmade soap, caning a chair, making some lace, listening to stories of slavery, creating a necklace, learning about long rifles, taking a trip into the woods of the 18th Century, and building a model log cabin.

“Heritage Days at the Depot offers festival attendees a chance to see history re-created before their eyes. Preserving these culturally significant folk crafts and skills enriches our perspectives and makes us aware of the skills and traditions of our forefathers,” said Festival Director David Jones.

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