Each year on the second Saturday in May, Occoneechee State Park hosts dancers and drummers from miles around at their Native American Heritage Festival. The rhythm of the drums, the colorful regalia, and the family atmosphere provide visitors of all ages with an unforgettable experience.
For some of the dancers and drummers this festival is a sort of homecoming, as Occoneechee State Park takes its name from the Native Americans who once lived in the area. Many of the same dancers and drummers return year after year to reconnect with each other and with their heritage. The park’s Visitor Center features an exhibit that chronicles the Native American history over thousands of years. Artifacts found in the area, along with a recreated dwelling, help to bring the history alive.
This year, the festivities will begin on May 9 at Noon with the Grand Entrance, a spectacle you will not want to miss. The festival ends around 6:30 P.M. Vendors will be on site with a variety of crafts and food. The Visitor Center Gift Shop also sells books, CD’s and other items with a Native American theme. Admission to the festival is $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children ages 3 through 12 and seniors over 62. Make plans now to attend this special event, and experience the spirit of the drum!
For details, see the event flier.