Date set for Salt Festival at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

UNION, Ky.  – Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 29th annual Salt Festival.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 and will feature demonstrations of pioneer living and skills, frontier life and Native American skills and traditions. Handcrafted items will be for sale as well as good food.

Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe a blacksmith working red-hot iron. See how salt was extracted from the waters of Big Bone, watch a flint-knapper make a stone point, and discover how bison hair was spun into yarn.

While visiting the park, be sure to drop by the park’s museum and visitor’s 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.  Don’t miss seeing the bison herd, the park’s living link to 10,000 B.C.

On Friday, Oct. 17, the park will host school groups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $2 per student.  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; children ages 10 and under are  free. The festival is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more park information, 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 Interstates71 and 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.


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