Clayton GA - Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is a one-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains, featuring traditional music from numerous regional performers, showcases and demonstrations of time-honored handicrafts and trades, and all manner of mountain-flavored games and challenges for young and old alike. The Festival also honors the people of Southern Appalachia, represented at the event by the kind folks who have shared their tales and their lives with Rabun County high school students since 1966 and allowed those stories to be shared with the world through the pages of Foxfire books and magazines.
Go ahead and plan on making a day of it - lunch won't be a problem, with everything from BBQ to burgers to pintos-n-cornbread on offer. There will be top-notch bluegrass and gospel music on stage throughout the day, ranging from true traditional to more-current styles, but all mountain-grown, through and through.
Keeping the old skills alive, the craftsfolk will be showing finished goods and/or demonstrating their mastery of woodworking, blacksmithing, folk pottery, textile crafts, and many other talents.
The outdoor field events give more-adventurous visitors a chance to see how they would fare in the mountains of old, with physical and mental challenges from the past: brute-strength and endurance contests like pole-climbing and log-sawing, skill and speed trials like archery and greased-pig chases, and simple schoolyard fun like three-legged races and sack races.
Come learn about traditional skills, enjoy the music and fun, and help support the students of Rabun County and the preservation of their Southern Appalachian heritage.
All proceeds from the raffle and gate admissions help to fund Foxfire's student work programs right here in Rabun County, helping our students further their education and work experience while allowing them to build stronger ties to their community and heritage.
$5 per adult; age 5 and under is free.
This event is presented in partnership with the City of Clayton & the Clayton Tribune.
October 05, 2019
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