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5-29-19

The 67th Annual Florida Folk Festival packs White Springs

At Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Florida Parks Service Courtesy Photo


Headliner John Anderson, left, performing at the festival.
-Photo by Andrea Thomas, Florida Parks Service


By Tami Stevenson


The beautiful little town of White Springs, Florida came alive last weekend as the 67th Annual Florida Folk Festival kicked off. The three-day event, held at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, May 24, 25 and 26, 2019, featured Florida’s rich cultural heritage with demonstrations, workshops, exhibitors and the diverse musical heritage of Florida. Featuring artists such as John Anderson, John McEuen & The Stringwizards, Ben Prestage, The Firewater Tent Revival, Billy Dean, Jim Stafford and so much more.


The artwork chosen to represent the festival this year was “A Place of Refuge” by Keith Martin Johns. The T-Shirts were becoming hard to find by Saturday afternoon.


Park Service Specialist Andrea Thomas said the festival was incredible. “The energy was high, the fellowship was amazing, the artisans and crafters were so diverse and the music was spirited and lively! But YOU made it unique and personal.”


Everyone from the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park wished to thank each and every person for attending and making the 2019 Florida Folk Festival a success.


Cousins Danny and Griffin are learning the art of mask-making.
-Florida Parks Service Courtesy Photo


Sweet grass basket weaving in the Seminole area at the festival.
-Photo by Andrea Thomas, Florida Parks Service


Many workshops and demonstrations took place at the folk festival, this one was dancing!  
-Photo by Andrea Thomas, Florida Parks Service


Dr. Peggy Bulger, right, with Andrea Thomas/Park Service Specialist, is the 2019 recipient of the Legends and Legacies Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is bestowed upon individuals who have been instrumental towards the success of the Florida Folk Festival. Dr. Bulger is the folklorist who started the Folklife Area of the Florida Folk Festival. Congratulations and we thank you Dr. Bulger for your dedication.
-Florida State Parks Courtesy Photo


Park Ranger Jessica Watkins is the newest ranger at the park. This is her first folk festival and she got to meet one of her favorite musicians, John Anderson.
 -Photo by Andrea Thomas, Florida Parks Service


Grandparents Bob and Linda Erixton are with their granddaughter, Leanne Taunton. Bob played the guitar and sang in the 1954 Folk Festival! Heritage! -Florida State Parks Courtesy Photo


Joan Alderman proudly holds up her 2019 Florida Folk Fest t-shirt with artwork by Keith Martin Johns entitled “A Place of Refuge.”
-Florida State Parks Courtesy Photo



Under the Oaks Stage hosted the Florida State Fiddlers Association Contest. The winner will be the Official Fiddler State Champion.
 -Photo by Andrea Thomas, Florida Parks Service