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#1 Thosnnan

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 06:04 AM

Florida Folk Festival is every Memorial Day Weekend at the Stephen Foster State Cultural Center in White Springs, FL near I-75 and I-10 cross roads. Since 1952 with more than 15 stages, 300 performances including folk art demonstrations (learn to make a cast net or cook Cuban style and more) with the official Florida Fiddle Contest and an old-time banjo contest with door prizes (I run this). Music includes everything from Gospel to Blues to Old time Fiddle & Banjo, Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, and even Shape Note Singing.


The park is huge with all kinds of food vendors from five local churchs serving near the Old Marble Stage to Rootbeer Floats, Greek, Caribean, BBQ, Wraps & vegan, Catfish, and a great coffee vendor and beer garden (of course). There are workshops for musicians and beginner banjo players (clawhammer style w/ spare banjos to try out), mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and a childrens stage with activities (free kazoos this year). 


Passenger shuttles include handicap golf carts. The main stage is at the bottom of a huge hill where you can place your lawn chair on Friday and leave it there until you leave on Sunday and paved wheelchair spaces.

There are local campgrounds and a very big campground in Live Oak (Spirit of the Suwannee) (about a 20 minute drive) that they plan on starting shuttles to & from the festival starting next year (call Spirit of the Suwannee or the Stephen Foster State Cultural Center for details(1-877-635-3655).


Volunteer opportunities are available but call the park before December to apply. Volunteers and performers may camp in the park's camp ground but after Thursday hookups are very rare but camping is allowed where ever there is a patch of ground.  If you are a musician there are all kinds of jams sessions happening till the wee hours and beyond (so bring your favorite ear plugs - there's no quiet hours during the festival).


Check out their website at <https://www.floridas...ks.org/folkfest>. We had way too much fun.


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