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Events Quick Reference

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday Demonstrations - 8AM - 4PM
    Atlatls, Basket Weaving, Bow making, Brain Tanning, Flint Knapping and Pottery
  • Saturday Auction - 1:00PM
  • Saturday Adult Atlatl contest- 2:30PM
  • Saturday Atlatl International Standard Accuracy Competition - 4:00PM
  • Sunday Knapping Contest - 1:00PM
  • Sunday Primitive Archery Contest - 2:30PM

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  • The art of flint knapping started when one of the hominids cracked one rock against another and created a sharp edge and realized “hey I can cut something with this”.

    This happened somewhere in Africa over one million years ago and the guy or gal that discovered this did not look a lot like us modern humans. From Africa the art of flint knapping, the fashioning stone into tools by flaking or chipping ...
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  • No one really knows how long brain tanning has been practiced. The natives in the Americas utilized this technique to manufacture fine suede leather used to make clothing and other items.

    In most of North America deer seem to have been the preferred animal for this. This is where the name buck skins came from, for the native style leather pants ...
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  • Because of Florida’s unique environment many items made from perishable substances have survived from antiquity. Florida is a wet and swampy place with calcium rich rivers. Many items made from wood, bone and antler have been found preserved or sometimes fossilized. These artifacts range from the time of European contact, to the Paleo People who hunted mammoth and other mega fauna. In Newnan’s lake near present day Gainesville Florida, hundreds of dug out canoes have been found....
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  • Most primitive cultures have at some time used the bow and arrow. Although some cultures like the Inca of South America and the Aborigines of Australia preferred the use of the Atlatl over the bow. This is definitely the exception and not the rule. As the technology of the bow and arrow spread throughout the world, the Atlatl although much easier to manufacture, took the back seat to the much more stealthy and efficient bow and arrow...
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Auction Overview - Call for Donations
Updated: Thursday April 07, 2011
The Auction of donated items draws a crowd of deal-seekersEach year the primitive artisans at the Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival hold an auction to sell items that each of them ...
How to Donate Items to the Auction
Anyone can donate items that fit...
Auctions Results
Following the 2011 Auction, resu...
Ochlockonee River State Park
Updated: Tuesday February 17, 2015
White Squirrel This scenic river park, over 543 acres large, offers vivid views of natural Florida along the Gulf Coast. Opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities on land and wat ...
Park Amenities
The peaceful and quiet atmospher...
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
The Red-cockaded woodpecker has ...
2016 Competition Overview and Details
Updated: Tuesday May 26, 2015

2009 Primitive Bow Contest ParticipantsThe different competitions that are held at the Ochlockonee River Stone Age & Primitive Arts Festival serve several purposes.  First and most important is ...

Primitive Bow Competition
The Stone Age and Primitive Arts...
Atlatl Throwing
The Ochlockonee River St...
2016 Knapping Festival

Friday, Feb 26th to Sunday, 28th 2016

8:00am – 4:00pm

Admission: $4.00 per vehicle
(Up to 8 occupants. Additional occupants are $2.00 per person)

Join us for our ninth annual Stone Age & Primitive Art Festival. Gather keen insight into how early man lived and worked. Participate in demonstrations of flint knapping, the art of projectile point fashioning; along with deer hide brain tanning, bone, wood, and antler carving. 

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Special thanks to our sponsor - Refreshment Services Pepsi of Tallhasse
Oyster Radio ABC 27

Special thanks to our sponsors - Refreshment Services Pepsi of Tallhasse; WCTV; WFSU; ABC-27 and Oyster Radio.



The dates for ninth Annual Ochlockonee River State Park Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival will be February, 26th through 28th, 2016.


Ochlockonee River State Park
4 miles Southwest of Sopchoppy off of US Highway 319
429 State Park Road
Sopchoppy, Florida 32358


Jason Vickery, Park Services Specialist

Phone: (850) 962-2771

Email: Jason.Vickery@dep.state.fl.us

Regional Knapping Events

  • Dade City FL Knap-In, FL
    (Feb 12-14, 2016)
  • Silver River Knap-In, FL
    (Mar 5-6, 2016)
  • Ochlockonee River Stone Age and Primitive Arts Fesival , FL
    (Feb 26-28, 2016)