Saturday's Baker Heritage Day offers food, music and history demos

Baker Heritage Fest

Baker School students Hunter Polhlopek and Wyatt Shumway observe as their friend Danny Turner weighs the heft of colonial-era Florida re-enactor John Butler’s frontier muzzle-loaded rifle at the 2012 Baker Heritage Festival.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 03:04 PM.

BAKER — Flying cypress chips, bluegrass music and the aroma of fresh pork cracklins and boiled peanuts will fill the air Saturday at the Baker Block Museum and Heritage Park.

The museum's Heritage Day is an annual celebration of Northwest Florida traditions, with demonstrations and displays of crafts, history exhibits, folk music performances and lots of food.

As the festival's popularity grows, more and more groups ask to participate, Museum Director Ann Spann said.

"We have a full park this year," she said. "All our booth space is taken."

Vendors, exhibitors and historic societies fill the park's open areas around historic buildings including an old post office, "dog-trot" house, timber company store and an outhouse.

Historic re-enactors demonstrate blacksmithing, cypress shingle making, soap making, butter churning and quilting.

Vintage, lovingly restored Model T and Model A Ford vehicles will be displayed in front of the museum, which will be open during the festival, Spann said.

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