Heritage Day in Baker (VIDEO)

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 04:37 PM.

From the music tent came the sounds of area musicians, including the Convalescent Crooners, a group that frequently performs in nursing homes. Crestview personality and long-time Main Street barber Mack Brooks and his band closed the festival with fiddling and songs he’s sung on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville.

Colonial frontiersman re-enactor John Butler took a break to sway on the dogtrot house’s porch swing until Danny Turner and his pals, Hunter Polhlopek and Wyatt Shumway, came along and asked to look at Butler’s muzzle-loading rifle.

Danny, a member of Baker School’s Junior ROTC battalion, confidently hoisted the heavy weapon to his shoulder and drew a bead on a distant target.

“This gun stays where you aim it,” he said.

The number of vintage automobiles on display increased this year, with a collection of Ford Model A’s and at least one Model T parked under the shade trees across the side driveway. A petting zoo, including owls from the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, and a duo of rare Staffordshire pigs, was nearby.

Attendees browsed crafts and homemade jams, jellies, honey, produce and scented molded soaps — the latter was a byproduct of the pigs’ predecessors from the same farm. Brothers from Munson Red Rock Masonic Lodge fried crisp pork cracklin’s.

The heritage association noted brisk sales of its new “Lost North Okaloosa” calendar, a fund-raiser for the non-profit organization that features historic north county photos. 

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