Annual Foxfire Mountaineer Festival
Experience the annual Foxfire Mountaineer Festival in Downtown Clayton. The Pavilions and Civic Center will be packed with old-time games, food, music, and old fashioned fun for the entire family. We will be celebrating the 200th birthday of Rabun County as well at the festival. Stay tuned for details.
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 heritage skills and trades, and all manner of traditional games and puzzles for young and old alike.
The Festival also honors the people of Southern Appalachia, represented at the event by some of the kind folks who have shared their lives and experiences with Foxfire students since 1966, allowing their stories to be shared with the world through the pages of The Foxfire Magazine and The Foxfire Book series.
Go ahead and plan on making a day of it — lunch won’t be a problem, with a variety of food choices from local and regional vendors. There will be top-notch bluegrass and a bit of 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 regional artisans will be exhibiting their work as well as demonstrating their mastery of heritage skills such as woodworking, blacksmithing, folk pottery, textile crafts, and many others. The outdoor field events will give you more adventurous visitors a chance to see how you would fare in the mountains of old, with physical and mental challenges from the past: brute-strength and endurance contests like wood-chopping and log-sawing, skill and speed trials like archery and greased-pig chases, and simple schoolyard fun like three-legged relays and sack races.
For more about Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center go to www.Foxfire.org.