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Celebrate the 67th Annual Florida Folk Festival Memorial Day Weekend

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The Florida Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique. From Irish fiddle tunes, techno contra dancing and chocolate covered Key Lime pie, to the wide varieties of music brought by immigrants, the state’s cultural heritage reflects the lives of generations of Florida families and communities. Throughout the Memorial Day weekend, more than 300 performances give voice and meaning to Florida’s heritage.

The Folk Festival is held on the banks of the Suwannee River

The event is held at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in North Florida’s White Springs from May 24 – 26th. Every year the Department of State’s Florida Folklife Program researches a special topic on Florida’s traditional heritage.  The Festival’s 2019 Folklife Area will feature performances and demonstrations celebrating the diverse living traditions of some of Florida’s oldest and newest cultural communities.

The Festival demonstrates the heritage arts

At the Florida Folk Festival, you can sit with the masters who keep cultural traditions alive. In jam sessions, demonstrations and workshops, try your own hand at playing mandolin, telling stories, or making a pine needle basket. Learn how to collect your family’s history, call a square dance, or the importance of native plant and animal species. Take a shopping excursion and visit with Florida’s traditional and contemporary craftsmen.

Take a shopping excursion and visit with Florida’s traditional and contemporary craftsmen.

In addition to music, the Festival’s Folk Life area demonstrates Florida’s heritage arts including blacksmithing, butter churning, quilt making, a sugar cane boil, cracker whip making and fishing line casting.

AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, May 25, 2019

A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.

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