Past comes to life this Saturday at annual Indian Summer Days
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 4, 2006 - If you've never seen authentic Native American dancers performing their craft or have always wondered what it must have been like to live in the pioneer days, then you won't want to miss Saturday's Indian Summer Days at Hopkins County Historical Park.

Not only will the event feature Hopkins County Historical Society in period clothing performing frontier days tasks such as woodcarving, making soap and candles, quilting, butter churning and tin punching, it will also offer a petting zoo and a "dig for artifacts," but only for one day.

The event will also feature tours of the restored historical buildings and the newly restored 1929 fire truck, a general store, music of all kinds throughout the day, and primitive arts and crafts, food and fun.

Also featured this year will be the 2nd Annual John Chester Dutch Oven Cookoff, with cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 for the top three cook teams. At least 15 teams have already turned in their $25 registration fee confirming their participation in the cooking contest, and slots are still open for any teams interested in participating. 

Each team consists of two cooks who are charged with preparing a meat, vegetable, bread and dessert using ingredients furnished by the historical society and cooked on site Saturday morning. To register, call Rick Wilson at 903-885-9692.

´┐ŻAll food prepared in the cook-off will be sold as a fund raiser for Hopkins County Historical Society's Heritage Park. Other food items will also be offered for donations beginning around 12 p.m.

New to the annual Indian Summer Days event, held the first Saturday in October, will be a special presentation by Civil War re-enactors representing the men from Hopkins County who fought in Civil War.

Indian Summer Days begins Saturday  at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. at Heritage Park, 416 North Jackson St. in Sulphur Springs. A $2 admission fee is being asked to help offset costs of conducting the annual olden days event.

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