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Reelfoot Lake to host Arts and Crafts Festival

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Reelfoot Lake to host Arts and Crafts Festival

TIPTONVILLE: The Reelfoot Lake Arts and Crafts Festival, which will celebrate its 45th year, will be held October 5-7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Reelfoot Lake State Park on TN 21 in Tiptonville.

Most people come to Reelfot’s festival for the handmade crafts, which range from quilts to woodwork, Of course, there’s fantastic food as well.  This festival is also surrounded by hundreds of yard sales along the way.

Four hundred exhibitors from several states will participate in the three-day event. Anna Crocker is the contact for vendor information 731-885-7295 or you can go to the website www.reelfootartsandcrafts.com . The event is free.

If you would like to stay in our south campground reservations can be made at www.tnstateparks.com or call 731-538-3356.

Reelfoot Lake State Park is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee and is noted for its fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. The 15,000 acre lake was created by a series of violent earthquakes in 1811-1812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a short period of time, creating Reelfoot Lake.

The park’s ecosystem is unlike any other place in Tennessee. Reelfoot lake is a flooded forest. While Majestic Cypress trees rise above the water, below the surface are many submerged Cypress stumps. A variety of aquatic plants and flowers occupy the shoreline and saturate the shallow water. The lake harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird as well as golden and American bald eagles.

During January and February, Reelfoot Lake is home to thousands of American bald eagles. Experienced park naturalists lead daily bald eagle and waterfowl tours and the annual Reelfoot Eagle Festival in February is a bird watching destination. In March and April, deep swamp canoe trips are offered and scenic pontoon boat tours are offered May through September. Every fall, hundreds of white pelicans stop at the lake on their seasonal migration. More information about the tours can be found under the activity section.

While the shallow lake offers many opportunities for boating and fishing, swimming in the lake is not permitted. The park has several hiking trails that are popular for bird watching and wildlife viewing. There are two campgrounds at Reelfoot Lake State Park. Campsites provide water, electricity, tables and grills with many campsites located on the lake shore.

Interpretive programming is available at the Reelfoot Lake State Park’s R.C. Donaldson Memorial Museum and Nature Center. The center’s attractions include non-releasable raptors, snakes and other wildlife of the area. The museum is open year-round excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Admission is free.

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