Exhibits, traditional games, vendors, contests, food, music, 5K run/walk and Clan Campbell history are all part of the Campbellsville Heritage Festival set for Oct. 4. Activities in the small Giles County, Tenn., activities kick off at 8 a.m. with registration for the Run the Rolling Hills 5k, which begins at 9 a.m. Participants will be walking and running a scenic 3.1-mile cross country loop. Immediately following the 5K is a Kids Fun Run begins for boys and girls. Opening ceremonies for the free Heritage Festival commence at 11 a.m. with bagpipes and a color guard. For the past five years a growing crowd has descended upon the little burg to shop with vendors, learn as craftsmen demonstrate traditional methods, learn folk dancing, play traditional games, hear story tellers, listen to musicians and vocalists perform, view vintage vehicles and gobble hot barbeque roasted on the spot. Vendors offer a variety of merchandise, from antiques to cosmetics to car parts. Old-fashioned cakewalks will be held throughout the day. A new feature of the 2013 festival is the presence of the Clan Campbell Society, an international organization that forges links between Campbells, their Highland heritage in Scotland and their worldwide kinsfolk. Those born as Campbells or of related names are automatically members of Clan Campbell and are encouraged to attend the festival for genealogical and historical information. The festival is spread across Campbellsville’s main thoroughfare along State Highway 166 North between the Campbellsville United Methodist Church and old town center. The church’s Memorial Hall is transformed into a temporary museum with displays, photographs, Campbellsville School annuals, artifacts and genealogies offered for review. A self-directed driving tour highlights Campbellsville’s historic places. A Civil War encampment with firearms and artillery demonstrations harkens to Campbellsville’s Civil War events, which are recounted on a newly erected Tennessee Civil War Trails marker. The festival wraps up around 5 p.m. as visitors relax in their lawn chairs and listen to the featured band. Admission is free due to sponsorship by the Campbellsville Area Association, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving Campbellsville’s heritage and promoting its future. To register for a booth or the 5K or for directions/information visit www.campbellsvilletn.com or call (931) 363-3900 or 931-363-8774.
October 4, 2014
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