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Horsethief Days Wrap Up Today With Cornhole Tournament, Parade, Live Music, Fireworks, and More

Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 12:08 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

knox horsethief daysKNOX, Pa. (EYT) – Saturday is the last day of the 2019 Knox Horsethief Days festival, with the makeup cornhole tournament, the annual parade, live music, fireworks, and more family fun rounding out the event.

On Saturday, August 17, the Knox Horsethief Days begin to draw to a close with the Street Sales on Main Street opening up at 8:00 a.m., the Tractor Show beginning at 9:00 a.m., and the Jeep Invasion starting at 10:00 a.m.

There are lots of other activities planned for the day, with the big Fireman’s Parade kicking off at 5:30 p.m. followed by Music by Gravel Lick, the Knox United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social, and fireworks at the end of the evening.

Also, don’t forget the makeup for the cornhole tournament is at noon.

Below are other highlights for the day:

– Food: Mason Breakfast pancakes/sausage at Mason Hall 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m./Knox Fire Sausage/Edenburg Church/Brown/Asian/Fly By Night/Mason BBQ Ribs and Pulled Pork in Alley from 11:00 a.m. until the parade

– Games all day at Edenburg Church

– 8:00 a.m. Street Sales on Main Street
– 8:00 a.m. Lion’s Broom Sale and Raffle All Day, Pull Winners at 5:00 p.m.
– 9:00 a.m. Tractor Show & Hit and Miss on Main Street
– 10:00 a.m. Jeep Invasion behind Fire Hall
– 12:00 p.m. Cornhole Tournament
– 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Music: Robyn Young
– 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bingo at SMILES
– 3:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt Main Street
– 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and one hour after the parade, Music by Gravel Lick
– 5:00 p.m. Little Firefighters Winners Main Street Stage
– 5:00 p.m. Recognize Citizen of the Year
– 5:30 p.m. Fireman’s Parade
– After parade, Knox United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social
– 6:30 p.m. Soccer Scrimmage at High School vs. Redbank
– Peak Pyro Fireworks (Kellners) at dark

Main Street will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thanks to the sponsors, all spectator events are completely free.

Food will be also available at the Knox Fire Hall and Edenburg Church.

History of Horsethief Days

Knox gained its reputation as the Horsethief Capital of the United States through the operations of Sebastian “Boss” Buck, who was touted as the most notorious horse thief in US history. He and his gang continuously moved a string of stolen horses along a trail from Kentucky to Maine.

Clarion County was renowned for its horse thieves in the 1800′s. The county had this reputation because it is the only locale in the eastern U.S. where a man was hung as a horse thief. Horse thieving relates to the Buck family because one of the most famous of the thieves was Buck. Although he was a known horse thief, he was never convicted of this crime. Boss was not hung as a horse thief, but he did spend about five years in jail for counterfeiting.

Horsethief Days originated back when Sebastian (Boss) Buck started stealing horses and altering their appearance, so when he sold them that the real owners wouldn’t discover that the horses that Boss was selling were theirs. Boss wasn’t an educated man, but he was the planner of all the schemes and had the intelligence, power, and daring, to be the leader of the horse thieves.

According to bossbuck.blogspot.com, Buck lived up to certain standards that kept him in the good graces of those who looked upon his livelihood with scorn. He would not permit the theft of a horse from a person who could not afford to lose the animal.

Like Jesse James, there are innumerable stories in circulation as to his acts of kindness, his generosity as well as his desperation.

It is said that Buck did not sanction cruelty or murder on the part of his clansmen. Horse stealing and counterfeiting seemed to be his vocation. At Eagle Furnace, Bear Creek, and just west of Parker’s Landing were three distinct counterfeiting plants under the direction of Buck.

For more details, visit http://knoxborough.com


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