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Bullskin readies for Heritage Days Festival

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
Rachel Basinger | For The Independent-Observer
Sisters Connie Rhodes and Bonnie Brougher show off the latest fundraiser of stationery that features all of the art show entries that were submitted at the 2012 Bullskin Heritage Festival art show.

Bullskin Township Historical Society officers are planning the 15th annual Heritage Days Festival, scheduled for Oct. 19.

They are looking for artisans and crafters who would like to set up at the festival at the Mt. Vernon Furnace site off Eutsey Road, where the festival has been held for the past four years.

All spaces are outdoors and participants are asked to dress in colonial attire and be able to demonstrate their art.

In the past, there have been tinsmiths, soapmakers, basket weavers and other artisans.

Organizers plan to have open-air entertainment throughout the event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to dusk. Jim Whetsel, with the historical society, will give furnace talks throughout the day.

Each year the historical society tries to honor a group or organization with photos and other information and paraphernalia displayed in the stone house on the property.

This year organizers will focus on the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department. Since this is the 15th year of the festival, organizers would like past presidents of the society to be present.

The society is planning a short story contest. The story must be about some aspect of the history of the township. The contest is open to any township resident who is in grades 4 through 12. Prizes will be given. Any individual with questions on the contest should call Bobbi Kramer at 724-887-7278.

As part of the day, organizers are planning an art contest with all pieces entered to focus on Bullskin Township landmarks. All painting mediums are accepted; photography is not. Paintings must not be any larger than 16 inches by 20 inches. The entry fee is $5 per painting.

Artists with questions can call Connie Rhodes at 724-887-4689. Any other festival information can be found on the historical society's website at www.bullskintownshiphistoricalsociety.org.

“We get asked all the time when Heritage Days will be held each year,” Rhodes said. “People just really come to expect it and look forward to it.”

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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