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Take a hayride through history
Hayride Carter
Carter Cantrell will portray Charles Bradford during this year’s History Hayride at Edgar Evins State Park on Oct. 12. Bradford was one of two boys who fished out of Caney Fork River a valuable peal in a mussel. The discovery almost led to the extinction of the mollusk there during the Great Depression. Carter is the son of Jeff and Julie Cantrell of McMinnville.

There’s still time to reserve seats for the History Hayride.

Frost may not be on the pumpkins by the time of the 14th annual History Hayride at Edgar Evins State Park on Saturday, Oct. 12, but if it’s cool enough there will be a campfire with complimentary marshmallows to roast and hot beverages at the office. 

Regardless of the temperature there will be homemade cookies and brownies for sale.  

Ten wagons will leave at approximately 30-minute intervals from the park office starting with the group reporting at 1 p.m. The last group will report at 6:30 p.m. The wagons will make an approximately 2.5-hour circuit in the park with 11 stops where costumed characters will tell stories of people and events that took place in the park or surrounding area. 

A narrator will be on each wagon to give additional history between stops. The cost is $15 per person. The link to online reservations is on the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park website, www.foeesp.com, under the events tab, and also on the Facebook pages for the friends and the park. If help is needed call the park office at (931) 646-3080 or (800) 250-8619. Reservations will be for a specific time.

This is a fundraiser by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, an all-volunteer group whose sole purpose is to help the park. It is based on actual historical events and persons and is not a Halloween themed event. It is not recommended for young children or anyone unable to sit attentively for about 2.5 hours on a hay wagon. 

Camping and cabins are available at the park for those who wish to make this an overnight or weekend outing. Call the park office for reservations or make them online through the park’s website, https://tnstateparks.com/parks/edgar-evins.