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story.lead_photo.caption FILE PHOTO Visitors to the annual Cane Hill Harvest Festival can learn how sorghum molasses is made. In this photo from the 2017 festival, Earl Rowe of Lincoln (left) and Luke Haegele of Cane Hill use a crushing mill powered by tractor to get the juice from sorghum grass, grown specifically for the Cane Hill Harvest Festival each year.

The 32nd Cane Hill Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday will have lots of live music, along with traditional features that include food, arts and crafts and a chance to look back at the past.

New features this year include a pop-up art exhibition and sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. Oil paintings, watercolors, prints, photographs and other artwork will be on display to see and purchase from recognized artists in Northwest Arkansas. The show will be in the historic A.R.Carroll building on Arkansas 45 in Cane Hill.


Cane Hill Harvest Festival

WHEN — Saturday & Sunday

WHERE — On the grounds of the historic Cane Hill College, 14219 College Road in Cane Hill

COST — Free; Parking is $3

INFO —, 435-4622

The other feature is a presentation on the history of churches in Cane Hill by David Ellis. The program will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Cane Hill Presbyterian Church.

Also, the restoration of Cane Hill College is complete, and visitors will be able to see the changes made to the historic school.

Cane Hill College reopened to the public in May 2017, following a 2 ½-year project to restore and refurbish the two-story brick building by Historic Cane Hill Inc., a nonprofit organization. Cane Hill College was founded by Cumberland Presbyterians in 1834, and was the first collegiate institution of learning established in Arkansas.

Tom Pennel, who chairs the event for Cane Hill College committee, says the first festival was held in the spring in the mid-1960s and was called Pioneer Days. It was rained out many years, so organizers decided to move it to the fall and change the name to Harvest Festival.

"The whole deal was to raise money to keep the college from falling down," Pennel says. "If it wasn't for them, the college would be a pile of stones."

Historic buildings in Cane Hill will be open during the festival and the public is invited to go into the Historic Cane Hill Museum, A.R. Carroll Drugstore or stroll along the walking trail to learn more about the history of Cane Hill.

Both days, the festival opens with an all-you-can-eat country breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. for $8. Arts and crafts vendors will open at 9 a.m. both days, and live music starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

NAN What's Up on 09/14/2018

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