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Mill festival offers step back to simpler time

Jim Wood works the stone ground cornmeal Saturday at Kenan’s Mill Festival.  Wood was explaining to visitors how to make meal,  while using equipment he said was there in the 1800s.

Jim Wood works the stone ground cornmeal Saturday at Kenan’s Mill Festival. Wood was explaining to visitors how to make meal, while using equipment he said was there in the 1800s.

Visitors had the opportunity to step back in time to the 1800s Saturday at the Kenan’s Mill Festival.

The mill held its annual festival Saturday on the grounds, celebrating nature and raising money to keep the area up.

“The main reason [for the event] is to preserve this area, and make it a good wholesome event for people to come to, to enjoy nature, to see the outdoors here,” said Jewell Williamson, a member of the Selma-Dallas County historic preservation society board.

Visitors enjoyed the outdoors, food, live music, games and activities for the children, watched cornmeal being made and much more.

Tyler Phillips enjoys a train ride Saturday at the Kenan’s Mill Festival.

Tyler Phillips enjoys a train ride Saturday at the Kenan’s Mill Festival.

“We’ve got lots of things for children to do and adults,” Williamson said. “Many of these activities that we have are old fashioned kinds of things, and I think a lot of people are drawn to that.”

The festival has been a continued success over the years, bringing more and more people out to enjoy the atmosphere.

Children had their share of fun, riding a hayride, jumping on the fire safety inflatable, learning about how to make cornmeal and apple cider, petting the puppies at the Wannabe Rescued booth and playing multiple games.

“It’s just a good wholesome atmosphere,” Williamson said. “It’s absolutely gorgeous out here.”