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Gateway Festival-Kings Mountain, North Carolina

Gateway Festival-Kings Mountain, North Carolina


[Music playing] [Narrative] In 1780, a major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought at Kings Mountain, not far from the city that now bears its
name. A state and federal park commemorate the site where the battle took place and the city of Kings Mountain
celebrates its historic connections at an annual event known as the Gateway Festival. [Music playing] I had heard the festival is the place to go for music, muskets, and merriment, but you know, you gotta go someplace yourself if you really want to find the folks with all the information. They got all the information over here. You guys have all the information, right? I have all the information. Carl: This is the information? You do this every year? Woman: We do this every year. Yes, we do. Carl: Okay, great. So people can come here to the Information Tent, get the brochure, and a banana for potassium. Right. That’s correct. Bananas are really good for potassium. So is that a prerequisite for coming to a
Revolutionary War festival? It’s a bonus. A bonus. Okay. That’s a banana musket. Thanks, guys. [Narrative] Well believe me, there’s
no shortage of real muskets to be had at the festival. In fact, historic recreation is one of the things that makes this event so unique. [Gun shot] Period re-enactors set up camp, wear authentic period clothing, and demonstrate historically accurate
firearms to help visitors get a sense of what
life was like at the time at the battle. Ellis: We really connected with the Battle of
Kings Mountain and we embrace that with the Revolutionary War re-enactors that come through here. We’re a very patriotic city and we’re proud to be associated with that victorious battle. [Narrative] Recreating historical detail is what makes this so much fun and they literally have a blast doing it. [Fire!] [Cannon blast] [Gunshots] Patriots battle Redcoats as they recreate a small skirmish from the period. Remembering history is important but as King Mountain’s mayor, Rick
Murphrey, is quick to point out, it’s not the only reason for the
festival. It’s that theme of Gateway, also, gateway to all three parks is how it started. We have the Crowders Mountain North Carolina State Park, National Military Park, Kings Mountain of South Carolina State Park. So we have all three parks that we are a
gateway to. So those people that come visit those parks, they also come to Kings Mountain too. And this is just an all in celebration
for the Battle of Kings Mountain and gateway to the parks. Just a wonderful event. Well, you’ve done a great job, Mayor. Congratulations. Thank you so much for coming. People sure seem happy. Oh, we love it. We have a good time in Kings Mountain. [Narrative] There’s definitely a lot
of people having a good time. In fact, there’s so much wonderful stuff to do and so many wonderful opportunities, that you can easily spend a day here doing it. Oh! Everybody loves bubbles, don’t they? You’ve been the bubble man every year? Yeah. You’re the guy. Yeah, about five years now. For five years you’ve been the bubble man? So it’s pretty simple then, isn’t it? Just pull the trigger and out they come. I was wondering where they all came from. Ellis: This is a great fall festival. We have a lot of vendors that
come out here. We have the re-enactors and then we we’ve done a lot of different events around town representing the art history
and culture of Kings Mountain. We want to share that with everybody. And of course, the music. You probably heard some of the music. Oh, the music is great. [Band playing] Here’s some great music from the Blue Ridge Area. This is the home of a lot a Bluegrass music, a little embellishment on that with New Grass. So we got with a variety of music here. So is that what you try to do is focus on regional musicians as well? Absolutely. [Bluegrass band playing] Carl: So people people have a variety
of experiences when they come? Oh, absolutely. You get the
sights and the sounds of Kings Mountain. You can hear the cannons fire and the
muskets fire. [Gun shots] [Cannon blasting] [Music] Ellis: It’s good, just wholesome fun and it’s part of the quality of life here in Kings Mountain. [Narrative] And you can bring the whole family, even the really furry ones. No, not those furry ones. These furry ones, the four footed furry ones. [Music playing] Hey, guys. Oh, y’all are the dog flag people. I love dogs. Man: They’ve all been rescued. Carl: These folks rescue dogs out of kill shelters. I’m all about that.
That’s a great thing. So how long have you been doing it? Three years. Okay. Dot, I’m here with your son, Mike and he’s blowing bubbles, making people happy every where, right here at Patriots Park. Yea. There you go, the Bubble Man! [Laughs] How long does it take to pull this off? About a year. They work all year to bring a lot of the special events to Kings Mountain. So you’re going to start working Monday– Monday. On next years? Yes, sir. [Laughter] [Music] You know, the Gateway Festival and other festivals like it could not happen without our great American re-enactors. Guys, thank you so much. We appreciate your efforts. What a wonderful job. You did a great thing. Thank you so much. Thank you. We’ll see you next time. [Music playing]

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