PINNACLE — Visitors to Horne Creek Living Historical Farm’s 24th annual Corn Shucking Frolic were greeted with a bustle of activity Saturday. With heritage demonstrations, music performances, food vendors, and hands-on activities, the Corn Shucking provided endless entertainment for visitors of all ages.
“It’s a family friendly event with unique heritage activities,” said Lisa Turney, site manager.
The corn shucking is historically a community event in which neighbors would come together to help harvest and store the corn crop. Today the event includes shucking the corn and then grinding it into meal for animal feed. “It’s great to see so many kids out here trying this and getting dirty,” said Rick Hauser, Horne Creek board member, of the children in the corn crib. The day also offers corn related craft activities such as making corn shuck dolls and brooms.
Traditional farming demonstrations are central to all events held at Horne Creek. Hauser, who grew up on a near by farm, is a cousin of the Hausers who previously owned Horne Creek Farm. He explained that Horne Creek Farm is meant to reflect the actual workings of farm life in this region circa 1900. Antique farm equipment was set up for viewing. Tobacco curing, the molasses making process, weaving on an 1861 loom, a bee keeping exhibit, and visiting the animals in the barn gave visitors a sense of life on the farm.
Every good corn shucking had food and entertainment for when the work was done. At Horne Creek, the air was filled with the scent of country cooking and the sound of old time music.
Chicken stew, pintos and corn bread, boiled peanuts, and home made desserts were amongst the food offerings. Boy Scout Troop 409 sold roasted corn, and apple cobbler was cooked in a dutch oven over an open fire by the 38th NC civil war re-enactors. “We try to make everything as authentic as possible,” said Judy James, 38th NC member.
A complete line-up of musicians played beside the farm house through out the day. Old time music was played by The Mountain Park Old Time Band and Zephyr Lightning Bolts. The Jeff Little Trio and Cane Creek Cloggers were real crowd pleasers. Award winning, 11 year old, Carson Peters played his fiddle and shared a few “corny” jokes to keep with the day’s theme.
The beautiful weather contributed to the overflowing parking lot, making many visitors especially grateful for the shuttle service delivering them back to their cars. Like the corn shuckings of the past, the day ended with new memories to be cherished by families and friends for years to come.
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