As cars packed into the parking lot of Silver Springs State Park Saturday, hundreds of people transported themselves from the year 2017 to an era which has long since passed.
The Silver River Museum, located in the state park, hosted its 7th annual Silver River Knap-In, Stone Tool Making and Prehistoric Festival Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the traditional activities people relied on hundreds of years ago.
About 3,000 people attended the festival over the weekend, said Scott Mitchell, director of the museum. Attendees, some dressed in graphic t-shirts and others in deer hide, tossed axes, shot arrows at targets and sharpened stone to make arrowheads.
“A lot of people don’t know about this time-period in Florida,” Mitchell said.
He said the best part of the festival is watching the children who attend have fun connecting with the past.
“It’s up to the adults to take their kids outside, take them to museums,” he said. “It’s too easy to watch TV or sit in front of a computer all day.”
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