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Florida Folk Festival - Opening Ceremony at 6 tonight!

Above: Billy Dean performing at last year’s festival. -Stephen Foster State Park Courtesy Photo

Left: House of Cash – A historical and musical journey with son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash, Featuring Ana Cristina Cash and Special Guest Gailanne Amundsen (Saturday evening). John Carter Cash preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.
Johnny Cash built the original Cash Cabin Studio cabin in 1978. It was then, as it is now, a place to find solace and make music. In 1993, Johnny had recording gear installed. Since then, the CASH CABIN STUDIO has hosted hundreds of artists and within its walls; thousands of songs have been recorded.
John’s newest album, released this year is We Must believe in Magic..

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Left: Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen, one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has introduced his music and creative talents through various formats and forums throughout his signature career. Along with The String Wizards they will present: Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Sunday evening)

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Staff Reports

White Springs, Fla., – The long awaited, much anticipated event that draws thousands to White Springs each year for music, culture, art, history and more is finally here. The 66th Annual Florida Folk Festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, on the banks of the historic Suwannee River at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Gates will open at 8 a.m. and opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25.

Folk artists have come together for this event since 1953. According to park coordinators, there will be more than 300 performances by Florida’s greatest folk and roots artists, including national recording artists and songwriters, featuring folk, blues, gospel, country, Latin, jazz, bluegrass, Caribbean and Zydeco music.

Above: The Florida Folk Festival’s Children’s Area celebrates Florida-style fun and folklife. Offering opportunities for play, hands-on learning, artsy crafts, and fabulous performances by acclaimed artists, the Children’s Area leaves audiences of all ages smiling ear-to-ear. -Courtesy Photo

Named a “Top 20 Event” in the Southeast, this festival has activities for everyone. In addition to a full schedule of performances, visitors can also participate in jam sessions and workshops, and purchase local eats and merchandise from various vendors. 

Each year the Florida Department of State’s Florida Folklife Program highlights different areas and cultures of Florida. The artists and tradition bearers at the Folklife Area this year, and next, represent Florida’s cultural diversity; the effects of immigration, migration and diaspora on culture; and the many ways that newcomers enrich the state today.

“The Florida Folk Festival is an event for everyone to enjoy,” said Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park Manager, Manny Perez. “Come out and join us in paying tribute to Florida’s rich history and heritage through music, workshops, food and more.” 

Advance tickets for the festival are $25 per day, or $50 for the weekend. On the day of the event, tickets will be $30 per day, or $60 for the weekend. Children under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge. Ticket prices for children between the ages of 6 and 16 will be $5 for the entire weekend. 

Camping is not offered on the festival grounds, but there are plenty of places to camp in the nearby area. Camping and lodging is available in White Springs and the surrounding areas.