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Andrew Jackson State Park is always a fun visit

Any day is a good day at Andrew Jackson State Park.

Located on U.S. 521 approximately 131/2 miles south of the N.C./S.C. state line in Lancaster County, the park gets really interesting when volunteers hold living history presentations, duplicating chores of early settlers.

We visited the park on such an occasion.

We saw gentlemen crafting leather for practical uses that settlers might have needed. Steve Hall made a gun that might have been worn on a horse. An elaborate shot pouch and hunting bag were beside it. His tent partner, Barry Grant, was putting the finishing touches on a magnificently tooled powder horn.

Andrew Jackson's mother Elizabeth (portrayed by Joyce Mahaffey) manned the front desk at the park's museum. We also watched Mark Ewing and Randy Whitworth do custom leather design and lathe work.

Re-enactors demonstrated 18th century skills needed for survival in the Carolina Backcountry. A special lunch, which included diced potatoes and sauerkraut, was prepared over an open-pit fire.

Another popular activity at Andrew Jackson State Park is kayaking on Andrew Jackson Lake. The day we were there, six people from Old Town Outfitters were inviting adults and children into kayaks so they could try them out.

No one was more excited than Cindy Boyson from Sun City Carolina Lakes, who plans to launch her own kayak from the community's soon-to-be-completed Kayak Center along the Catawba River. “I have a reserved spot,” Cindy excitedly told us.

Lou Ferrigno, also from Carolina Lakes, was trying out kayaks as well so that he, too, could be ready as soon as the Kayak Center opens.

Something else to look forward too at the park is the Carolina Legends Music Festival, Friday and Saturday Sept26-27. with There will be live music, food vendors, crafts, and kid's activities.

Hours are: Friday 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tickets prices are: Friday, $5; Saturday, $15. A two-day ticket is $18. Senior discounts are available.

For more information, call Christina at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 803 285-7451, ext. 27.

Fall Into Fun

Another date to remember is Oct. 4. That's when the Fall Into Fun Festival to benefit the new Del Webb Indian Land library takes place at Indian Land Middle School. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. there will be food and fun for all ages.