four people address council

four people address council

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By Toni Stauffer

The Russell County Historical Commission will host the 4th Annual Pioneer Day at the Fort Mitchell historic site on April 13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET. This year the festival will again feature a judged quilt show with ribbons and prizes to be awarded and an art competition with prizes. Last year, the quilt show and art competition were a big success. 

There will be live music all day with Jon Boy Storey, Southern Gentleman, and Wild Wood Bluegrass. “We’re doing these activities hoping that people in the surrounding area and the county will come and learn what we have there, and that they’ll have a fun day in the historic park,” Naomi Elliott said. 




People are welcome to bring chairs so they can sit where they want and listen to music. The festival will have interesting and fun attractions for everyone. There will be blacksmithing and horse drawn wagon rides by Erica Franklin, as well as re-enactors. 

There is plenty to see with Colonel Cromwell’s original circa 1840 log cabin, a carriage house, the Fort Mitchell Indian Heritage Center and Memorial, a video on Russell County’s early history, and the reconstructed 1813 fort. Russell County Historical Commission is also selling tickets for $10 to raise funds for the Fort. Tickets give purchasers a chance to win a 2010 Hyundai Elantra donated by Gil’s and additional prizes. Tickets can be purchased at T-Bones Steakhouse or from members of the Historical Commission. 




Visitors will be able to sit and enjoy food from one of the many vendors, or treats from the sweet shop. General admission will be $5 with a Family Maximum of $20. Children 10 and under will be admitted for FREE. For more information, go to www.fortmitchell.org, email historicftmitchell@att.net, or visit them on Facebook. You can also call Naomi Elliott at 706-573-1016, or Dell McLendon at 706-577-3327.