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Wake Parks to Host Annual Longleaf Festival, Celebrate Yates Mill Park 10th Anniversary May 21

Wake County residents are encouraged to spend at day at one of our parks' events for a day to celebrate and enjoy the outdoors. First, it's on to Yates Mill County Park's birthday celebration, then, continue the fun-filled day by visiting Harris Lake County Park for the annual Longleaf Festival. There's plenty of fun for all ages. Choose one park or both – it's up to you!

Historic Yates Mill County Park Anniversary

The public is invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Historic Yates Mill County Parkon Saturday, May 21. From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., park staff and volunteers will host a number of events for citizens to celebrate the park's "birthday."The park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh.

Historic Yates Mill County Park opened to the public on May 20, 2006, after 20 years of mill restoration and 10 years of park development. The 174-acre historic and environmental park now hosts more than 100,000 visitors per year. The centerpiece of the park is the historic 18th-century Yates Mill – Wake County's last remaining operable, water-powered gristmill.

Citizens are encouraged to share their memories of the mill and park by writing stories or posting pictures on a "remembering" art wall. Visitors may also share their recollections in an oral history recording booth located in the park center.

 Other scheduled events include:

  • Corn grinding tours (hours vary and registration is encouraged)
  • Historic trade demonstration on stone masons
  • Park history display

All proceeds from this event will support the historic mill through the nonprofit group Yates Mill Associates (YMA). YMA volunteers will be on hand to sell stone-ground cornmeal and mill merchandise.

For more information contact,Rebeccah Cope, Program Director, at 919-856-5635.

Longleaf Festival – Harris Lake County Park

The seventh annual Longleaf Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Harris Lake County Park. This free event gives residents an opportunity to learn about the importance and history of the longleaf pine and its ecosystem.

There will be more than 30 interactive educational exhibits, live animals, a scavenger hunt, games and crafts. The N.C. Forest Service will have a bulldozer, pumper unit and other forestry-related displays. Live entertainment will be offered and food vendors will be on site.

Planned events include "The Greatest Naval Stores Show on Earth," a living history program examining the practices of the N.C. Naval Stores industry from its beginnings in 1705. The demonstration will be offered each hour and is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Visit the park's Longleaf Festival website for a full schedule of events, and to register for guided walks and obtain tickets to ride the Longleaf Express.

Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive in New Hill.For more information, contact Jackie Trickel, Assistant Park Manager,  at 919-387-4344.

Both events will take place rain or shine.





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