Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

September 17, 2006

Homesteads Apple Festival set for Sept. 23

It's time. Fall is in the air. The crisp, fresh, local apples have been harvested. Let the celebration begin! On Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Homesteads Tower Museum will host its third annual Homesteads Apple Festival. Admission is free, with a $2 charge per vehicle to park.

The Homesteads Apple Festival is a tribute to the original Homesteaders and their wisdom in preserving the bounty of the harvest. Apples were an important food staple for the 252 families chosen to become Cumberland Homesteaders back in the 1930s. Apple harvest was anticipated with great hope of a bountiful year.

Enjoy a fun-filled day complete with local apples, delicious fried apple pies, barbecue, pinto beans and cornbread, homemade baked treats and more. Pull up a chair and listen to live bluegrass and country music with a special concert by Julie Lee. For an added treat, visit the Music Jammin' Tent where local musicians show off their talents, or bring your own instrument and join in.

Experience the days of yesteryear as heritage demonstrators make baskets, brooms and weaving. Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way over an open fire. Browse the more than 60 arts and crafts booths or visit the quilt show or antique tractor Display.

Enjoy free access to the unique Homesteads Tower Museum located in the heart of the Cumberland Homesteads Historic District at the junction of highways 127 South and 68, four miles south of Crossville. Learn about the Homesteads' history and why the community was named the Showplace of the New Deal. Climb the 97 steps to the observation platform at the top for a bird's-eye view of the Apple Festival.

Come celebrate the past and savor the present. Any way you slice it, the Homesteads Apple Festival is a fun way to spend the day!

All profits from the Apple Festival go to the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Association (nonprofit organization) to operate the Homesteads Tower and Homestead House Museums.

For more information call 456-9663 or 484-4955 or visit www.cumberlandhomesteads.org.

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