The Folklife Festival at Warriors Path State Park will feature old-timey games such as sack races and other pioneer-era activities. Contributed photo.
Warriors Path State Park will take step out of the 21st century and into the days of early settlers to celebrate the folk traditions of Northeast Tennessee during the 34th annual Folklife Festival on July 27.
Visitors are invited to watch demonstrations of traditional crafts and life skills. Whether its weaving, woodcrafting, apple butter making, spinning, quilting, weaving or basketry, volunteers will pass on the skills that have been passed on to them.
There will be old-timey games, contests and stories, and old-time music. The Warriors Path Muzzle Loaders from Kentucky will set up a pioneer encampment and will have demonstrations of primitive cooking, tomahawk throwing and fire building.
The festival is free, and all events will be held in the park’s open air chapel area, in the field between the pool parking lot and the campground.
The festival schedule of events is as follows:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Craft and life skills demonstrations
11 a.m. — Old timey schoolyard games
Noon — Native American flute, storytelling and more with the Little Deer Intertribal Dancers
1 p.m. — County music by Southern Country
2 p.m. — Bluegrass music and more by Alexander Creek
3 p.m. — Bluegrass music with the Ball Sisters Band
4 p.m. — Old-time games, greased watermelon race
4:30 p.m. — Dulcimer music with Jim & Cheri
5:30 p.m. — Can Joe music with Can Joe John
6:30 p.m. — Folk music by The Malones
7:30 p.m. — Old-time fiddle and banjo music with the Stringbean String Band
8:30 p.m. — Campfire tales