Big South Fork planting festival next month

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) – The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will give visitors a glimpse of the past during its Spring Planting Day festival next month.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( reports the celebration will take place at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center and the Lora Blevins Homestead in the Tennessee portion of the park, which is just west of Oneida.

Activities at Bandy Creek will include quilting, basket weaving, embroidery and woodcarving while the homestead will feature blacksmithing, plowing with mules and horses and planting crops.

Howard Duncan, education specialist for Big South Fork, says park rangers and volunteers are working together to make the event on April 26 special for those who attend.

The 125,000-acre national river and recreation area lies on the Tennessee-Kentucky border.