Bush Mill Day to feature tours, music, cornmeal

Marci Gore • Sep 25, 2016 at 10:00 PM

NICKELSVILLE — Fall is officially upon us, and that means the return of the Bush Mill festival to the Nickelsville community.

The 26th annual event, to be held Saturday, will once again be hosted by the Nickelsville Ruritan Club at the 120-year-old grist mill and will feature live music, mill tours, an assortment of vendors and fresh apple butter and cornmeal, which can be purchased during the festival.

The festivities are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Admission is free.

Nickelsville Ruritan Club member Bob Etherton said the one-day festival is always well-attended, attracting several hundred visitors every year. And it’s not just the folks from Scott County who come to the event.

“I think (the popularity) boils down to people just love to see the old mill operate. We have people come from as far away as California. So many people have a connection to the Bush Mill. There’s just something special about the mill when it’s running that makes people want to come see it,” Etherton said.

In recent years, Bush Mill has undergone some significant renovations, and Etherton said these upgrades are not over with yet.

“Our plans for the coming year are to hopefully be able to rebuild the dam and the raceway which are in bad need of repair,” he said.

The Nickelsville Ruritan will serve a lunch of cornbread and soup beans on Saturday.

Several musical groups — The Sluss Family, Scott County JAMS, Joyful Noise and the Mason Dixon Boys — will perform during the festival.

“The Ruritan is a community service organization, and this is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers,” Etherton said.

All proceeds generated by the festival will go to fund the Ruritan’s charitable work in the Nickelsville community.

Various regional craft vendors will be at the event, and visitors will be able to take in demonstrations of several crafts. There will also be corn meal grinding, mill tours and apple butter making throughout the day.

Because of limited parking at the mill, a shuttle bus will run from Nickelsville Elementary School to the Bush Mill site during the festival.

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