Visitos to the second annual Homesteading Festival held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park Saturday enjoyed fall weather as they took in a variety of free classes, demonstrations and music. (Pictured – A crowd watches a demonstration at the Festival) (Photo by David Rogers)
Vendors offered a variety of products for homesteaders, farmers, gardeners, and people interested in natural and local products. A number of regular vendors at the Palmetto Farmers Market each Thursday also displayed items at the festival.
Visitors could purchse a variety of plants, natural gardening products, soaps, lotions, salves, pet food and treats, food preparation and preservation equipment, note cards, products made from recycled and repurposed items, wool and regular farmers market products during the one day event, Organizer Rebecca McKinney said.
(James Toye does a red clay demonstration Saturday morning. Toye is from the upstate. Photo by David Rogers)
The Blue Ridge Rounders and Big Spike Hammer performed bluegrass music in the park.
The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center also featured old time music and arts in the Artory, (former armory) located on Gossett St. Information and demonstrations included Basketry, Williamston Chalybeate Spring Glazed Pottery, silhouette drawing, 19th century dance demonstrations and instruction.