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Edgewood Heritage Festival coming up on November 8

The annual Edgewood Heritage Festival is an all-day affair on Saturday, November 8, at the Heritage Park outdoor museum, which includes more than 20 authentically restored and furnished structures reminiscent of rural Van Zandt County around 1900.

Festival visitors can partake of Texas music arts and crafts, a vintage car show, CASI chili cook-off, a children's area, a quilt show, a sidewalk art sale, armadillo races, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and more.

Admission is free, and the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. just north of downtown on Hwy 859 (locally known as Main Street) north of Hwy. 80.

This year's festival actually gets off to an early start with the first Heritage Golf Classic beginning at 9 a.m. on November 3 at the Van Zandt County Country Club. On Thursday evening, the first Heritage Festival Dance is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Edgewood Civic Center downtown.

Activities include music by Edgewood Express, model trains, artisans, the gourmet bake sale, craft vendors, re-enactments, the quilt show, the Edgewood Enterprise print show with Oscar Rogers, weaving and spinning in the Scott and Spradlin cabins, basket weaving in the log barn, chair weaving, steam-powered corn grinding with Leon Clowers, haircuts by Jake the Barber, blacksmithing at Edgewood Blacksmith Shop, Dutch-oven cooking in the village, the classic car show on Front Street, the Austin Healey Car Club on Houston Street, an art show and sale on Houston Street, the Wills Point Tractor Club in the transportation area, and wagon rides.

At noon, there will be a veterans' salute on the main stage.

Students will sign patriotic, Thanksgiving, and Christmas songs, and demonstrate the "Cotton-Eyed Joe."

There will be lots more including Santa pictures, armadillo races, and awards for the pinto bean and chili cook-offs, and for the car and pet shows.

The festival is the major fundraising effort by the Edgewood Historical Society in its quest to maintain Heritage Park Museum. The park was founded in 1976 as a bi-centennial ongoing project that is owned and operated by the Edgewood Historical Society. The purpose of the museum is to preserve the rural culture and architectural heritage of East Texas to ensure present and future generations an opportunity to study and celebrate their heritage through the authentic architectural exhibits.

The village is a focal point of downtown Edgewood, covering parts of three city blocks, and is the site for many community celebrations. It is a fascinating destination for visitors in search of historical attractions.

Volunteers offer educational programs to schools with the emphasis on the third and fourth grades. During the tours, students experience activities of yesteryear through demonstrations by costumed and trained docents. The film industry has chosen this quiet, rural village as the setting for scenes in several television productions, and the village church and grounds are popular sites for weddings.

For more information about the festival and the park, go to www.edgewoodheritagefestival.com.

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