Stone Age & Primitive Arts Festival
Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy, Florida
Last full weekend in February
Founded in 2008
Here's your chance to go back in time and see how things were done long, long ago.The Stone Age & Primitive Arts Festival held at Ochlockonee River State Park provides insight into how early man lived and worked, complete with demonstrations of skills that were required to survive in prehistoric times.

Many skills known little today were required by early people ... including deer hide tanning, carving wood, bone and antlers to make weapons and tools, bow and arrow construction, basket weaving, and pottery making. Learn how to start a fire with a bow drill, hand drill, or a fire saw. The art of fashioning projectile points for arrows and spears, known as "flint knapping" is also demonstrated. In fact, this festival is sometimes referred to as the "Knapping Festival".

In addition to displays and demonstrations showing how ancient skills were used, there are also competitions to test these skills. The Buddy Page - Rick Wiles Knapping Contest tests how well contestants can duplicate a sample projectile point using only native materials and traditional tools. The primitive bow competition tests the accuracy of participants who must use hand made bows and arrows. No factory made equipment or modern bows are allowed. The Atlatl Throwing Contest pits contestants against each other to see who has the best accuracy with an Atlatl. An "Atlatl" is a throwing stick used to propel darts at high velocity.

The "vendor village" set up at the park during the festival provides an opportunity to view and purchase everything from hand made pottery, jewelry and woven baskets to bows, arrows, and spears - as well as the raw materials and supplies to make your own. 


 
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