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Popcorn Festival to feature blacksmith

Monday, September 12, 2005

M. K. Jean photo

If you have ever wondered about the real job blacksmiths used to perform and

wondered if they are portrayed accurately on TV and in the movies, you will have your opportunity to see for yourself at the Popcorn Festival.

This year's Popcorn Festival of Clay County is scheduled Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Forest Park.

M. K. Jean has been a blacksmith since 1990.

"My grandfather was a blacksmith in Alabama and so was my great uncle Vic," Jean writes in his promotion literature. "Uncle Vic's tools are still on display at the Barney Mining Museum in Walker Co., Ala.

"I was the smithy for Billie Creek Village, Rockville for six years and was voted by the visiting school teachers as the best children exhibitor five years running."

Jean will offer his handmade items at the festival.

"We also offer for sale new iron kettles like grandma's in capacities of 2.5 to 19.5 gallons plus other interesting merchandise," he said.

Jean will demonstrate his craft 9 a.m. until dusk Oct 1 and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Oct. 2.

His appearance is sponsored by John Howes, State Farm Insurance.

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