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Labor Day weekend kicks off month of festivals

Labor Day weekend kicks off month of festivals

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Scott County's natural scenic beauty and relaxed rural way of life will be on full display throughout the month of September, which will feature events each weekend.

The month will be jump-started by a Labor Day weekend chock full of events, including Brimstone Recreation's SXS Roundup, a Ball Brothers concert at the Bull Creek Farm near Huntsville, and a number of interpretive programs — including hay rides and story-telling — at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

The fun continues Sept. 10 with a day-long air show and antique car show at the Scott County Airport. Wings Over the Big South Fork is one of the region's premier air shows, featuring plane rides, stunt shows and live entertainment throughout the day. Gates open at 8 a.m. and admission is free. A complete lineup will be announced in the coming days.

On Sept. 17, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host its annual Haunting in the Hills storytelling festival at the Bandy Creek Visitors Center. The day will be full of craft displays and entertainment, beginning at 10 a.m. As dusk nears, master storytellers will spin their yarns around the campfire. The main event will be preceded by a tamer storytelling segment for kids and the weak-at-heart.

On Sept. 24, the Museum of Scott County will host the Appalachian Heritage Festival, a celebration of frontier heritage in the heart of Appalachia. Step back in time on the campus of Scott High School and watch crafters and artisans display their wares and demonstrate such things as rifle-making and basket-weaving, and sample some of the foods of the era. The Museum of Scott County, which includes a miniature village as it would have appeared in the 1800s, will be open for exploration and bluegrass entertainment will take place throughout the day. The event begins at 11 a.m. and continues to 5 p.m.

There aren't many places you can go, especially in a rural area like this, and find events every weekend of the month that have the potential to draw thousands of people," Scott County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacey Kidd said. "It's a wonderful opportunity for Scott County to host these events and welcome a number of first-time visitors and repeat guests alike to our community. Everyone has worked hard, from the staff at Brimstone Recreation to the National Park Service to the folks at Scott High School, to make these events a success, and we're sure that they will be."

For more information about the events, contact the Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-645-6905.

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