Anvil shoot returns to Museum of Appalachia

While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, the Museum of Appalachia traditionally marks the occasion with an old- fashioned “anvil shoot,” which as the name implies, involves launching a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air using gunpowder. This Independence Day is no exception.

Anvil shoots were once a common way for pioneers to commemorate holidays, elections, and other special occasions, basically the pioneer equivalent of today’s fireworks.

The anvil shoot will once again serve as the centerpiece of an all-day celebration on Monday, July 4th that includes a national bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, live music, southern food, demonstrations from blacksmiths, beekeepers, dulcimer makers, spinners, weavers, rail splitters, and more.

Anvil shoots will occur at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

Follow this link to the Museum of Appalachia’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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