Make plans to attend the Fall Folklore Jamboree

Make plans to attend the Fall Folklore Jamboree

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:00 pm

MILAN — History comes alive at the Fall Folklore Jamboree.
Where else can residents watch a team of mules plow a field, buy corn meal freshly ground in an old-fashioned grist mill and tour one of the nation’s largest collection of agricultural artifacts all in one venue?
Satisfy the need to feel nostalgic and head to the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan on Oct. 20.
This is the 14th annual Fall Folklore Jamboree, and as in years past, nearly 150 folk artists will be demonstrating traditional skills and showcasing unique handmade crafts. There will be blacksmithing, weaving, broom making and quilting demonstrations, to name a few. Plus, attendees can shop for homemade instruments, jewelry, candles, soaps and more.
Bluegrass, gospel and string bands will provide musical entertainment all day. Participants can grab a seat and relax as bands jam on the front porch of a log cabin. This cabin happens to be the boyhood home of former Tennessee Gov. Gordon Browning. Participants should go through the backdoor of the cabin to tour the interior and chat with a local historian.
If attendees get hungry, there are plenty of menu options, including grilled tenderloin, homemade chili, hamburgers, hotdogs and nachos. They can also sample fresh apple cider and old-fashioned kettle corn made right on the grounds.
Attendees should make time to tour the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which houses more than 15,000 agricultural artifacts. The museum tells the story of rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Fall Folklore Jamboree starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12. Attendees should park at  Milan High School, where buses will shuttle them to the admission booth. There is no charge to park.
The UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan and West Tennessee Agricultural Museum are located on Highway 70/79. For more detailed directions or other information, call (731) 686-8067, visit the website http://milan.tennessee.edu, or visit our Facebook page at “West TN Ag Museum.”
The AgResearch and Education Center at Milan is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture.
In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

Published in The Messenger 9.11.12

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