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Kenan’s Mill prepares for fall festival

The historic Kenan’s Mill will host its 13th annual Kenan’s Mill Festival Saturday, Nov. 1. Sponsored by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society, the event celebrates rural life and traditions of the Black Belt.

The historic Kenan’s Mill will host its 13th annual Kenan’s Mill Festival Saturday, Nov. 1. Sponsored by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society, the event celebrates rural life and traditions of the Black Belt.

Kenan’s Mill has some new additions in store for its annual fall festival.

Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1, the 13th annual Kenan’s Mill Festival will feature live music, stone-ground cornmeal, folk-life demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities.

Held outside of Selma at the mill, the festive occasion celebrates the Black Belt of Alabama’s rural life and traditions.

“Join us for a trip back to the way life used to be in the Black Belt,” said committee member Candi Duncan. “Bring your whole family and your lawn chairs and spend the day.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a tractor-pulled hayride, mill tours, Old Mac’s Farm train ride and old-fashioned games.

Sponsored by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society, the event also supplies plenty of activities for children, such as a scavenger hunt, three-legged and sack races and face painting.

Those who join the festival might even win cake or cupcakes at the old-fashioned cakewalk.

As one of the new feature to the mill’s annual event, guests will be encouraged to share their memories of Kenan’s Mill in the Mill House. Reign will also be hitting the stage as first time Kenan’s Mill Festival performers.

“We’re excited to add a new band to our lineup,” said Jewell Williamson, SDCHPS President. “Reign is a praise band with a unique sound that the audience will love. You may have heard them at Crosspoint Christian Church or as the closing band for the Duck Dynasty event in Selma.”

The group will share the stage with Jacky Jack White, an award-winning Silverwolf and South City recording artist and songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Ray Stevens, Charley Pride, Buddy Jewell, Steve Wariner and others.

The festival will be complete with some old favorites, such as watching the mill operate.

Visitors even have the pleasure of taking home some stone-ground cornmeal and grits after the big day.

Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The mill road entrance is about a mile north of Selma on Summerfield Road.

Admission is just $5 per person for those 13 and older. Children 12 and younger get in free with a paid adult.

For more information about the Festival, visit kenansmill.com, the Kenan’s Mill Facebook page or call Sylvia Smith at (334) 412-0722.