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Rocky Mount announces Fall Festival plans

From Staff Reports

Rocky Mount State Historic Site in Piney Flats will hold its annual Fall Festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10.  The public is invited to celebrate the fall season of 1791 at the original Capital of the Southwest Territory.

Anyone seeking a fun-filled day to soak up the fall season will enjoy joining 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. Bring a picnic to enjoy on our grounds or visit the food trucks that will be set up throughout the weekend.

Rocky Mount will offer a new activity titled Pumpkin Wars this year. Five contestants will battle on Saturday, Oct. 9, and five more on Sunday, Oct. 10, for supremacy of the Southwest Territory.

 Contestants will have three hours to carve a pumpkin with the theme of the day. Some tools will be provided, but contestants are encouraged to bring their own. The winner of each day’s contest will be judged once more to be the finalist of “Pumpkin Wars of 1791.”

Registration opens Sept. 30 and the deadline for entry is Friday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. Call (423) 538-7396 or check out to enter with the form and entry fee of $5.

 Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children 5-17. Children under age 5 and RMHA members are admitted free of charge. Buy tickets at

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.

 For more information, call (423) 538-7396 or email [email protected]. People can also connect by visiting and @RockyMount TN on Twitter and Instagram.