Syrup Festival

The 30th Annual Heritage Syrup Festival is officially a go.

The Syrup Festival is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. downtown and at the Depot Museum Saturday, where there will be a variety of attractions and vendors.

Beginning in 1989, this fall festival hosted on the second Saturday in November is centered around the making of ribbon cane syrup.

The highlight of the festival revolves around a day of old time syrup making demonstrations.

The Depot Museum is a full, bustling area of activity featuring the ribbon cane syrup making, folk art demonstrations, carousel rides, antique tractor and engine display, story telling, musical entertainment and more than 40 other vendors. Entertainment will include the Rusk County Dulcimers, Lee Mathis, Hatti Bridges Alexander and Charlie Hutto.

There will be two gates for entry at the Depot Museum and wristbands will be sold for $3 for adults and $1 for children. There will not be a senior citizen discount this year.

Downtown will include an antique car exhibit, more than 300 vendors and exhibitors, square dancers, cloggers, a rock climbing wall, sand art and spin art, a children’s section, children’s train rides, pony rides, musical entertainment and more.

The Henderson Civic Theatre will host special performances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for each performance.

The Rusk County 4-H Clubs will provide a $2 hay-ride shuttle back and forth from the Depot Museum to downtown.

For more information, download the Syrup Festival brochure at

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