Heritage Festival begins in Columbia

Weavers, blacksmiths and living history were just some of the attractions at the annual Heritage Festival Saturday.

Area crafters in 19th Century attire demonstrated how to make anything from candlestick holders to pillows using traditional techniques. Elsewhere, children made rubbings of various wild animals, learned how to pan for gold, or got up close and personal with livestock at a petting zoo.

Jenifer Flink, the museum's curator and executive director, said this was the first time the Heritage Festival and the Roots N Blues N Barbecue fell on the same weekend. She was not sure what the effect would be on the crowds but said she hoped people taking a break from the music festival would come to Nifong Park. She said festivalgoers could tour two new buildings the museum added to its historic village.

Close to the old Maplewood Home, Phyllis Shipman was making rugs using the wagon-wheel technique. This involves taking the rim off a wagon wheel and using it as a loom while cloth strips are woven in a circular pattern. Shipman said the technique was very common among pioneer women, and she learned it several years ago. Since then, she said she has gone to the festival every year. She said she enjoys getting to demonstrate historical weaving techniques.

The festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.