KELLYTOWN – The Clearfield County Historical Society has scheduled its 13th annual Fall Apple Cider Festival.
It will be held at the historic Bloody Knox Cabin on Oct. 8, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The cabin is located along Route 453 in Kellytown, which is between Madera and Curwensville.
The festival commemorates the December of 1864 armed skirmish between local Civil War deserters and the Federal Veteran Reserve Corp troops who were sent to arrest them.
Two men were killed, a 19-year-old Private Edgar Reed of the arresting troops and Thomas Adams, the host of a party of deserters who were gathered at his cabin home.
The reconstructed cabin stands on the spot of the original structure.
Since its beginning, the festival has been a family-oriented affair enjoyed by children and adults alike, according to organizers.
Demonstrations of Civil War era crafts and workmanship will be available, such as rope-making, Native American flint-knapping, butter-churning, corn brooms, corn-shelling and spinning wool. Apples will be squeezed by an antique press to make cider.
Free samples of home-made corn bread and sauerkraut and drop doughnuts will be offered. An egg toss contest is planned for 2 p.m.
A historical lecture denoting the events leading up the shoot-out and the tragic killings will be given.
Admission is free and the public is welcome. The festival is sponsored, in part, by Northwest Bank.