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Henderson Pours Out For 33rd Syrup Festival

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The syrup-making team includes members of all ages to ensure the tradition continues for years to come.

Henderson’s annual flagship festival celebrating the heritage arts and syrup making draws thousands to the Rusk County seat each November. This year’s 33rd festival occurs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 12.

The festival is held at two locations. Heritage arts are displayed at the Depot Museum Grounds and vendors and entertainment are held in Historic Downtown Henderson.

Folks in Henderson began the Heritage Syrup Festival more than 30 years ago to pass down the heritage art of cane syrup making to younger generations and to increase awareness of it.

The festival includes an antique tractor show, food, and demonstrations of the heritage arts such as blacksmithing, weaving, broommaking, storytelling, and more.

In downtown Henderson the festival offers 15 blocks of vendors selling arts and crafts, a car show, and live music and entertainment throughout the day. A hayride shuttle runs between the Depot grounds and downtown Henderson all day so everyone can see and participate.

Admission to the syrup making demonstration at the Depot Museum Grounds is $3 for adults and $1 for children. The hayride shuttle costs $2 for an all-day pass.

There is no charge for admission to downtown activities. For information about the 33rd Annual Heritage Syrup Festival call (866) 650-5529 or visit

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