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Turpentine Tales and Fall Family Festival Coming in October

Published: 09.22.2022

As we shift from one season to another, our excitement grows for two of our favorite autumn events! Make plans to join us at Russell Crossroads.

Turpentine Tales

Thursday & Friday, October 27 & 28 – 6-7:30pm
The Town Green at Russell Crossroads

Take a guided walk through Russell Forest from 6-7:30pm to get to know the forest animals. Meet at Russell Crossroads for this free event that is designed to entertain children and adults alike. Two narrators will begin the tour with a history of the Benson family, founders of the Dixie Industrial Company and what once was the Southeast’s largest turpentine distillery. Then, attendees will walk through the ruins of the old distillery and will be met by characters in animal costumes. They will talk about their lives in the forest. You may find yourself listening to a black widow spider, a vulture, or maybe even a deer or two. This year’s event introduces two new animals. At the end of the trail, enjoy s’mores around a cozy fire. Email Karen Kison at [email protected] for more information.

Fall Family Festival

Saturday, October 29 – 10am-1pm
Russell Crossroads

You will find extraordinary fun at the Fall Family Festival, October 29, at Russell Crossroads!

Bring the whole family out to this one-of-a-kind event! Not only will you find a working blacksmith and a grist mill, but you’ll be treated to a Pumpkin Patch overflowing with big orange pumpkins perfect for decorating at home. There will be more games with cool prizes, wagon rides, pony rides, and you might be able to feed a real live camel in the petting zoo. There will be a Naturalist presentation, our Blue Ribbon Canning and Baking Contests and lots more.

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