Event marks 10th anniversary at Falling Waters State Park

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM.

All proceeds and donation will be used by the Friends of Falling Waters support the many programs in the park and community outreach programs.

“We now live in a world of instant gratification, but not so many years ago you would have bartered for the necessities of life like food, shelter and a good bar of soap,” Sweeney said.

“This spring festival at Falling Waters State Park recreates that time were neighbors helped neighbors and instead of running to the store for every little thing, we knew how to make things with our own two hands and fix stuff that broke,” Sweeney said. “In today’s world most everything has that little ‘Made in China’ sticker and is quick to hit the bottom of the trash can at the first sign of failing. One of the unique things about this event is that all of the crafts, artwork and unusual items are made locally and that little sticker earlier mentioned is not allowed in the park.”

This event also gives children the opportunity to experience many of the crafts and skills their grandparents relied on for day-to-day living, Sweeney said.

“The main focus for Friday is set aside for the fourth graders from Holmes, Jackson, Bay and Washington County to educate our area youngsters about these various crafts and skills to take them back in time to experience life from over 100 years ago, but the general public is always welcome. On Saturday, the energy level gets bumped up a notch with live music throughout the day, Civil War re-enactors, living history demonstrations, animal exhibits, local artists and crafters, great food and more,” Sweeney said.

Falling Waters State Park is a place filled with natural wonders and a rich cultural history. The park was established in 1962 to preserve what is considered one of Florida's most unique geological features but the park is so much more.

During the ensuing five decades, Falling Waters State Park added many amenities and to this day continues to improve.

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