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Rocky Mountain hosts fall festival

It’s time for Rocky Mount’s fall festival, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 17. If you’re looking for a fun-filled day to soak up the fall season, join the Cobb family and their friends as they celebrate the harvest.
Living history tours of the Cobb farm will take place all day. Demonstrations on site will include blacksmithing, fireplace cooking, apple butter making, apple cider pressing, and much more. Stop and smell the biscuits baking in the kitchen or give the apple butter a stir. There will also be toys and games including sack races, corn hole, and 18th century games that will be available for all ages. Crafts, including pumpkin painting, Halloween decoration painting, corn shuck dolls, and candle making will be offered for an additional fee.
Tickets are limited this year due to COVID-19, so purchase your tickets soon! Tickets can be purchased at www.rockymountmuseum.com/fallfestival
Several local craft artisans will be on site, selling their beautiful, custom handmade objects.
Spectators are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds or visit the food trucks that will be set up throughout the day.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-17. Children under 5 and RMHA members are admitted free of charge.
This year, the day before Fall Festival, there will be a pumpkin carving contest, with three entry groups: ages 13-17, ages 18 & over, and families. Contest registration must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Cost is $5 per entry. Carving will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Friday. Oct. 16, with Rocky Mount providing the pumpkins and participants providing their own carving tools and family friendly designs.
Public judging will take place throughout the day, with winners being announced at the end of day and on Facebook. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of each group, as well as their pumpkins being left on display until after the event, Haunting on the Mount, on October 30.
In light of the global coronavirus pandemic, Rocky Mount has enacted safety protocols. The site will observe social distancing at all times, and visitors will need to wear a mask. Rocky Mount will also have hand sanitizer.
Rocky Mount is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Rocky Mount Historical Association operates the site under a contract with the Tennessee Historical Commission.