Baker Heritage Festival draws record crowd, exhibitors (PHOTOS)

Heritage Festival

Organizers from the North Okaloosa Historical Association said this year's Baker Heritage Festival drew record crowds and exhibitors.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 05:56 PM.

BAKER — Saturday’s Baker Heritage Festival drew more exhibitors and attendees than ever before, North Okaloosa Heritage Association members, the event’s organizers, said.

Establishing actual attendance figures is impossible, association and Baker Block Museum Director Ann Spann said, but just by observing crowds, they knew they surpassed previous years' attendance.

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Many exhibitors praised student volunteers from Baker School’s JROTC battalion, who helped erect tents, tote display materials and assisted at the heritage association's table.

"The Baker ROTC (had) outdone themselves," association member Phyllis Enzor said. "They were here before we got started and (they were) here helping take down."

Under a blue autumn sky, people came from throughout Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama to hear bluegrass and gospel music, sample treats and observe demonstrations of folk arts, crafts and traditional pioneer practices at more than 60 stands.

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