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1890s Festival returns to McIntosh next month

The McIntosh 1890s Festival will return next month for its 50th installment.

On Saturday, October 14, the festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5835 Avenue G in McIntosh.

Live oak canopies up and down the streets and avenues of Victorian homes will provide shade and a festive backdrop for the event, which will feature all-day musical entertainment ranging from bluegrass to country and gospel.

McIntosh 1890s Festival photo of stage with crowd
The McIntosh 1890s Festival will include live music throughout the day (Photo: Friends of McIntosh)

Plenty of food vendors will be set up with kettle corn, hot dogs, Queens apples, funnel cakes, and more. There will also be a total of 280 arts, crafts, antiques vendors offering one-of-a-kind gifts and homemade treats.

The event is free to attend, and it is sponsored by the Friends of McIntosh, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and historic sites of McIntosh.

For more information on the festival, activities, or the group, visit the Friends of McIntosh website or follow the group on Facebook.

The upcoming festival in McIntosh isn’t the only event in Marion County that will take visitors back to the 1800s.

Later this year, on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, the Festival at Fort King will bring local history to life with a re-enactment of the events that fueled the start of the Second Seminole War.

The two-day festival will be held at the Fort King National Historic Landmark (3925 E Fort King Street in Ocala), and the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is seeking vendors and demonstrators for the event.

Vendor and demonstrator applications are currently open, and the completed forms must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, September 25.

To learn more about the Festival at Fort King, click here or call 352-368-5533.