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March 28, 2012

Sheep shearing, turpentine still to highlight Georgia Folklife Festival

TIFTON — Sheep will be sheared, and the turpentine still will be fired up at the Georgia Folklife Festival on April 14 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The annual celebration of arts and culture runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with events designed for kids and adults. The turpentine still is fired up only once a year and will be a featured attraction during this event. Other activities include soap-making, demonstrations by a genuine blacksmith, live traditional music, and children’s activities.

The festival coincides with the opening of the Wiregrass Farmers Market near the Country Store at the main entrance of the museum. Local growers and producers will offer fresh-picked produce as well as hand-made goods for sale under the pole barn behind the Peanut Museum.

Plein aire artists will work outdoors during the day to create paintings on site. Vendors and artists will be on hand to sell original works and traditional fare. Visitors can also have lunch with selections ranging from homemade vegetable beef soup, cornbread, barbecue and teacakes, along with a variety of culinary offerings from several local vendors.          

In conjunction with the festival, there will be a Quilt Show featuring live quilting demonstrations. The Gallery will premier the Diminutive Dwellings exhibit, a showcase of antique dolls, doll houses, doll beds, and carriages featuring Tiftonite Dottie Bassett’s wide collection and doll bed quilts made by the Wiregrass Quilting Guild. The Tifton Garden Club will also hold a Flower Show in the Museum Atrium.

Admission is $8 for seniors, $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 – 16 years of age, and free for children under five.

For more information on the Georgia Folklife Festival, interested persons can contact Garrett Boone at the museum at (229) 391-5204 or email him at Vendors interested in participating in this event can contact Polly Huff, GMA Art Gallery coordinator, at (229) 391-5222 or via e-mail at

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