Fall Festival at Homeplace on Green River set for Sept. 8

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A large crowd is expected for the 11th year of the festival

By Zac Oakes



The board of directors and volunteers at the Homeplace on Green River are preparing for the annual Fall Festival, set to take place in a little more than a week, on Saturday, Sept. 8.

This year will be the 11th year of the festival, and with mostly sunny skies and early projections showing temperatures in the low 80s, board member George Kolbenschlag and other organizers said they are expecting a large, possibly record-breaking turnout for the festival.

The Homeplace held its annual Plow Day in the spring, shattering previous attendance records, and now, with strong turnout for theatre performances at the historic Bank Barn, Kolbenschlag believes there is a lot of momentum, which should lead to another great turnout for the fall festival, which is known to draw visitors from several counties in the region.

“The strong new additions this year and many of the favorite activities returning, some who have been part of the festival for all its 11-year run, are cause for high expectations,” Kolbenschlag said in a recent press release.

One of those new additions is a demonstration on Suffolk Punch Draft Horses, featuring Taylor County’s own Kay Gschwind. He, along with Russell County’s Ben Burgess, will be headlining an event demonstrating logging techniques prior to tractors and log skidders, according to Kolbenschlag.

Their exhibit includes information on restorative forestry and a demonstration of modern horse-logging methods and is sponsored by the Southern Suffolk Punch Gathering Group.

Music in the Bank Barn is also expected to be a big hit this year, according to Kolbenschlag, as it has in years past. This year will include some new musicians, though, and festival organizers are excited.

The Unity of Praise Youth Choir from Taylor County’s Pleasant Union Baptist Church will be performing, as well as students from the Burkesville Academy of Fine Arts. They will be joining some favorites from prior festivals, including the Exie Boys and Renetta and Friends.

Also making a return appearance is the Somerset Liberty Nature Center, with their raptors including hawks, falcons and Allegiant the Bald Eagle, which always draws a crowd.

Additionally, there will be butter making demonstrations, colonial re-enactors, wood carving and blacksmith demonstrations, and several other exhibits. 

Several vendors set up at the Homeplace for the festival to sell a variety of different products, which can be purchased individually.

As for food, Kolbenschlag said there will be quite a selection. Food vendors will be selling pulled pork, tenderloin, catfish, barbeque, rib-eye sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream, and lemonade, among others.