Keeping the tradition alive


First Posted: 10/9/2014

PINNACLE — Thousands of visitors are expected to converge on Horne Creek Living Historical Farm next weekend for its 23rd-Annual Cornshucking Frolic.

The event, which draws around 6,000 visitors each year, is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Oct. 18, according to the farm’s site manager, Lisa Turney.

This year’s frolic will feature cornshucking, of course; heritage demonstrations, music, food, vendors and lots and lots of fun for all ages, Turney said.

“This is a very family oriented event, with something for everyone to enjoy,” she said. “This year we have eight musical groups performing throughout the day, a clogging group coming in to demonstrate traditional clogging and more than 10 vendors with a variety of goods available.”

From goat milk soap to yarn to tobacco stick crafts, Turney said vendors are bringing “lots of variety this year.”

“We’re also going to have about 40 heritage demonstrations, from making cornshuck dolls to beekeeping and basketweaving,” she said. “We’ll also be making apple cider, apple butter and molasses on site.”

Of course, there is the food, Turney added.

“The food is always a really big draw,” she said. “Our non-profit group makes chicken stew and a lot of people come just for that. But in addition there will be fried apple pies, homemade ice cream and we have a Boy Scout troop who are going to be coming in and making roast corn, pintos and cornbread and hot dogs and hamburgers.

“The food vendors put in a lot of work. That chicken stew we’ll start cooking about 6 in the morning in a big black kettle,” Turney added.

The cornshucking event is held annually to keep a beloved tradition alive.

“The cornshucking was a big event as far as traditional farming, because the farms back at that time were growing a lot of corn as a crop and usually they had so much that they were growing that it was a big job,” Turney said.

“So they would invite all their neighbors over to help harvest and put it in a big pile. While the men shucked the corn, the women would prepare a big meal,” she said. “So it was also a big social event. People would meet prospective mates, play music, eat and visit together. And as all the new farm machinery came out, that’s when cornshucking died out.”

The frolic is an outdoor gathering, reminded Turney, who said if it pours rain the event will be canceled. Also, only service animals are allowed at the farm, and no alcoholic beverages are permitted.

“We do ask that people who attend closely supervise their children, because they are around farm equipment and we don’t want anyone hurt while they are here,” Turney said.

Tickets for the event this year are $5 for ages 13 and up and $3 for children aged 6 to 12, with those 5 and under to be admitted free.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.

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