Pumpkin Chunkin to highlight Dogtrot Festival

Find out how far you can chunk a pumpkin.

Fall is falling upon the region so that means it’s time for the Oren Dunn City Museum Dogtrot Heritage Festival. The annual event, which includes a community scarecrow contest and the ever popular “Paint the Bug,” takes place on the museum grounds Friday and Saturday in Ballard Park. Rae Mathis, museum curator, said the event demonstrations will be Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. They will include blacksmithing, hay baling, sorghum pressing, Civil War era exhibitions such as black powder weapon shooting and earlier crafts and skills like flint napping and longbow shooting. Groups presenting the exhibitions are the North Mississippi Atlatl Association, 45th Infantry Mississippi Volunteers and the 15th Infantry NMAA. The groups will also be present Saturday. Mathis said Friday focuses on school and daycare groups and groups home residents but the festival is also open to the general public. Admission is $3; children under 4, teachers and group home staff are free. Admission Saturday is free and the hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There are charges for some events: *Pumpkin Decorating – Bring your own decorated pumpkin, whether carved, painted or otherwise by 10 a.m. Entry cost is $3 for children, $5 for teens and $7 for adults. Medals will be awarded to the winners during the 11:45 a.m. announcement. *Pumpkin Chunkin’ – Throwing pumpkins (furnished by the festival) will take place 2-2:30 p.m. Cost for the opportunity is $3 for children, $5 for teens and $10 for adults. Again, medals will be awarded to the winners. *Wristbands will be available for $5 for children. The bracelets will allow them unlimited train rides around the park and bouncing in the bounce houses. The Grass Skirts bluegrass band will perform Saturday, 11-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-2 p.m. The Monday Night Pickers take the stage 12-12:45 p.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m. DJ Allen Sudduth will spin platters 10-10:30 a.m. and 3:15-4 p.m. His sessions include karaoke with recorded CDs of those performances available for $10. Hamburgers, hot dogs, combination plates and refreshments will be available for purchase. Vendors will also be set up in booths with their goods. Mathis said the Friends of the Museum nonprofit group will receive the festival proceeds and use the funds for programs and restoration projects at the museum. For more information, call Oren Dunn City Museum at 841-6438. The Oren Dunn City Museum is housed in a converted dairy barn, which was a part of the internationally known Forest Lake Farms. The museum weaves a beautiful tapestry of what makes Tupelo great, from its humble birth to the present day. Relive the rich history of this All-America City through an eclectic village and its original dogtrot cabin, one-room church and school. Each year the museum also hosts the Dudie Burger Festival and the Dogtrot Rockabilly Festival as well as other events and numerous exhibitions.

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