today’s holiday: Daniel Boone Festival

Daniel Boone Festival

Held annually in Barbourville, Kentucky, this festival honors the frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820). In 1775, he became the first person to carve a trail through the Appalachian Mountains from eastern Tennessee to the Ohio River. An important part of the festival is the signing of the Cherokee Cane Treaty, which provides the Cherokee people with cane that they use to make baskets. Other festival events include an old-fashioned barbecue featuring pioneer and American-Indian foods, a long-rifle shoot, and competitions such as hog-calling, wood-chopping, and fiddling. More… Discuss

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