Fall Fun at Rocky Mount


Rocky Mount celebrated the arrival of fall with a harvest festival this past weekend.

Children and their parents were greeted with perfect weather as they learned about blacksmithing, fireplace cooking and other activities from years gone by. There were also 18th Century games to be played along with an inaugural pumpkin carving contest called Pumpkin Wars.

After two days of fierce competition, 10-year-old Audrie Petrovic walked away as the grand prize winner. Petrovic’s creation earned her a trophy, a $50 gift certificate to the Rocky Mount gift shop and a free one-year membership to Rocky Mount.

Living history tours took place throughout the weekend, allowing folks to learn more about what fall was like for the Cobb family back in 1791 at the original Capital of the Southwest. A variety of crafts, including candle making, made for a fun experience.

The smell of homemade apple butter and biscuits filled the air, combining with the changing leaves to help usher those present into a new season of the year.

A group of kids learn how candles were made during the 18th Century. PHOTOS BY DAWN LAMBERT
Jacob Peterson competes in the pumpkin carving contest.
Audrie Petrovic with her award-winning pumpkin.
Brian Bowman showed off his blacksmithing skills for those in attendance.
Five-year-old Ella and her aunt Christy work on a pumpkin.

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