Salt Festival Set for October 14-16 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Salt Festival Set for October 14-16 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Bill Stephens

September 22nd, 2016


UNION, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2016) – Big Bone Lick State Historic Site will celebrate pioneer lifestyles at the 34th annual Salt Festival Oct. 14-16.

The festival will feature demonstrations of pioneer living, skills and traditions. Guests will have to opportunity to browse the crafters corner and see the many handcrafted items for sale. Food will be available at the food court. Guests can also enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe a blacksmith working with a red-hot iron.

Visitors will also be able to see how salt was extracted from the waters of Big Bone, watch a flintknapper make a stone point, and discover how bison hair was spun into yarn.

While visiting the park, guests are encouraged to stop at the park museum and visitor center to see some of the “big bones;” a shuttle van will transport event-goers to and from the festival field to the center at regular intervals. The park also has a bison herd, a living link to 10,000 BC.

On Friday, Oct. 14, the park will host school groups. The cost is $2 per person. Schools interested in bringing classes to the festival should call the park at 859-384-3522.

Festival admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5 per person, 5 and under is free.

For information about the park, visit

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology for its significant role in the development of scientific thought regarding extinction and the relationship between geology and paleontology the world over. The park is located 22 miles southwest of Covington on KY 338, off US 42/127 and I-71 & I-75. From I-75 north or south, take exit 175 to KY 338. From I-71 north or south, take exit 62 to 127N/42E to KY 338.


(Image: Kentucky State Parks – A scene from the Salt Festival)

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