A family event with something for all ages, the 21st Annual Bullskin Township Heritage Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19-20 at Mount Vernon Furnace, home of the Bullskin Township Historical Society.
Bobbi Kramer, historical society vice president, noted the grounds of the furnace, built by Isaac Meason in 1801, “are a perfect setting for a fall festival – a wooded area with fall leaves and all the scents of fall.’’
Stan Gordon, of Greensburg, UFO/Bigfoot researcher, will operate a booth where he can talk about local reports and listen to festivalgoers who want to share their own experiences.
“There are lots of sightings going on – the biggest surge in UFO and Bigfoot reports that we’ve had in many years,’’ said Gordon, who noted, “Fayette County, along the Chestnut Ridge, is one of the most active areas in the country.’’
Bruce Minick will give talks on historic iron furnaces.
Demonstrating artists and vendors scheduled, include blacksmiths, quilting, spinning, gunsmith, woodworking, cooper, sand-cast molding, rug making, soaps and salves, jewelry, pure maple products and apple cider.
Tractor-drawn hay rides and a children’s scavenger hunt are scheduled. Festivalgoers can see historical displays of local artifacts and photographs.
Cathi Rhodes, a Patsy Cline tribute artist, will sing Oct. 19 and Lonesome Lost & Foggy, billed as “Pittsburgh’s No. 1 bluegrass band,’’ will perform Oct. 20.
Bullskin Township Fire Company will defend its championship against other local fire departments in a tug-of-war contest at 3 p.m. Oct. 19.
Food will be available, including pulled pork and hot sausage sandwiches, hot dogs and sauerkraut, bean soup, chili, pierogies, fried dough, mountain pies, homemade pies and cookies. There will be basket raffles.
Visit www.bullskintownshiphistoricalsociety.org for more information.