Updated 9/1/2017

Skills of bygone days will be tested, primitive camping will be offered and other old-time, family-oriented activities will be enjoyed at this weekend's event, The Challenge at the Holler.

The public is invited to watch the 18th Century come alive at a location on Hurricane Creek Road starting today and continuing until Monday. Hosted by a group of local men who founded the Poplar Holler Club, visitors will watch as the demonstrators, dressed in period clothing, sharpen their skills with muzzle loading guns, with the tomahawk and knife and with bows and pistols.

There'll be demonstrations of fire-starting without matches, camp settings, cooking and other primitive living activities.

Camping fees are $15 and up; shooter fees are $10 and water and firewood are provided. A chance for a flintlock pistol built by Brad Randall will be available.

To get to the event from Highway 64, turn on Hurricane Creek road; go 1.9 miles; turn left on a dirt road; signs will be posted.

For more information, call Jeff Wilson at 1-256-503-2652.