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Georgia Museum of Agriculture Hosts Folklife Festival April 8

March 16, 2017

Visitors can enjoy a celebration of the rich, rural heritage of South Georgia during the annual Folklife Festival on April 8 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Showcasing South Georgia’s history and culture, the event runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with interactive activities for both children and adults.

The Vulcan Steam train’s whistle will welcome visitors for a ride to the Historic Village and Festival from the Country Store. A can’t miss moment of the day will be the ceremonial firing of the Turpentine Still at 11 a.m. for the Historic Village’s annual turpentine distillation. Museum guests will see up close and personal this age-old process that is central to South Georgia’s cultural heritage. The still will be running throughout the day and discharging the finished product close to 4 p.m.

The Folklife Festival is all about hands-on activities including tree debarking and hewing, sheep shearing, wool spinning, weaving and washing, pine needle basket-making, and a quilt square sewing demonstration. Guests can also visit the antique and model tractors that will be on display on the Opry Shelter Lawn. The antique tractors will parade through the Historic Village at 1 p.m. The Blacksmith Shop’s forge will be glowing red as the Village Blacksmith provides demonstrations throughout the day. Be sure to catch face painting under the oak trees at the Wesley Chapel.

Visitors will gain insight into the life of a traveling circuit judge and imagine themselves in an old-fashioned barber’s chair when two brand new exhibits are unveiled for the first time at 1:30 p.m. at the Village drug store.

Guests can also visit with the Little River Wood Turners as they ply their trade in the Variety Works shop. Guests will be treated to the sweet sounds of bluegrass music from Grassically Trained Bluegrass, hailing from Corryton, Tenn.  Folk music from Dr. Jeff Newberry, professor of English and communication and poet-in-residence in the School of Liberal Arts, will be featured on the Clark Cabin porch.

A quilting exhibit, “Linda O’Sullivan: A Celtic Perspective,” will also open on April 8 as part of the festival in the Museum Gallery. The exhibit will showcase 24 unique quilts by the artist. The 2017 American Legacy Quilt show will also take place in the Peanut Museum at the Museum on April 7-8 and will showcase dozens of quilts to the public.

O’Sullivan’s work earned the People’s Choice Award at last year’s American Legacy Quilt Show at the Gallery of the Museum. She has been a member of Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee for over 30 years and a member of The Dyffryn Quilters in Wales for 10 years.

To satisfy every hearty appetite, the Historic Village’s Drug Store will offer delicious soup and pound cake. The 41 & Main restaurant will also be selling barbecue ribs and chicken salad to tempt your taste buds at the Opry Shelter. Visitors can step into the Country Store and pick up food items including jams, jellies, grits, or corn meal.

The Festival coincides with the seasonal opening of the Wiregrass Farmers Market. Local growers and producers will be offering fresh picked produce from 9 a.m. until noon as well as hand-made goods for sale at the Market located under the pole barn behind the Country Store.

Admission to the Folklife Festival is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for children 5–16 years of age, and free for children under five. For more information, interested persons can contact the Country Store at (229) 391-5205.
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