March 21, 2018
UT AgResearch Hosts Fall Folklore Jamboree
From Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications
MILAN, Tenn. – October cultural enrichment included a trip to the Fall Folklore Jamboree at the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, Tennessee. On Saturday, October 21, more than 100 folk artists and musicians gathered to re-create rural Tennessee from years gone by, depicting the history, culture, art and traditions of the area.
Visitors could explore the booths of skilled craftsmen who make toys, tools, instruments, furniture – all by hand. They could see blacksmithing, weaving, broom making, and quilting demonstrations throughout the day, and watch as freshly ground corn meal was prepared in an old-fashioned grist mill.
The mule plowing demonstrations were a big hit. Younger visitors could handpick and gin cotton, as well as experience hand milking a goat.
Fall Folklore visitors could enjoy a wide selection of savory foods, like grilled tenderloin sandwiches, homemade chili and old-fashioned kettle corn.
Traditional bluegrass, gospel and string bands entertained visitors on an outdoor stage throughout the day. Folks could pull up a hay bale and enjoy the toe tapping melodies performed by some of the region’s top musicians.
At this event, folks could also tour the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which houses almost 15,000 agricultural artifacts. The museum tells the story of rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Plus, the AgResearch Overview Tour – a tractor-pulled wagon ride, offered visitors an insiders’ look at the AgResearch Center grounds.
The UT AgResearch and Education Center and West Tennessee Agricultural Museum are located on Highway 70/79 in Milan. For more information call 731-686-8067, visit the website milan.tennessee.edu, or visit our Facebook page at “West TN Ag Museum.”
(Photos courtesy UT AgResearch and Education Center, Fall Folklore Jamboree)
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