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Annual syrup festival set in Henderson

From staff reports
Nov. 9, 2017 at noon

Rusk County Syrup Team member Garry McDonal skims the top while making syrup during the 2015 Henderson Syrup Festival   in Henderson. This year's festival takes place Nov. 11 at the Depot Museum grounds and within the National Register Historic Downtown District.

The annual Heritage Syrup Festival oozes into Henderson from 9 a.m. to 5 Nov. 11.

Since 1989, thousands of syrup lovers have descended on the Rusk County city to learn the art of making sugarcane syrup. Festival organizers estimate the crowd at about 25,000 people each year.

This year's festival again is set on the 7-acre Depot Museum grounds and within the 10-block National Register Historic Downtown District. The Rusk County 4-H Club provides a $2 hayride shuttle that transports visitors in between downtown and the depot.

"Experienced syrup makers operate the museum's antique mule powered equipment to produce old-fashioned cane syrup," according to "While the syrup cooks, other folk artists demonstrate the techniques of lace making, rope making, basket making, blacksmithing, wood carving, quilting and other old-time survival skills. Folk singers entertain, antique tractors whine ... and local civic organizations offer a varied selection of food and beverages."

Beyond syrup making, guests also are treated to antique and classic cars, folk art demonstrations and a children's area, plus food booths, music and more than 150 booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts.

Henderson Civic Theatre performs a melodrama at the Opera House at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with a $5 admission. Music styles range from country to rock 'n' roll, with cloggers, square dancers and line dancers also entertaining crowds.

Tours of the historic Howard-Dickinson House will be available.

For information, call Henderson Tourism Coordinator Suzanne Cross at (866) 650-5529 or Vickie Armstrong at the Depot Museum at (903) 657-4303.



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