The highlights of Florida culture are on display for all to enjoy at the Annual Folk Festival. Organizers say while the festival is fun for people of all ages, it actually helps preserve the unique talents that make up the sunshine state.
Park manager Valinda Subic says, "The main emphasis of the Florida Folk Festival is to preserve the true tradition of Florida culture, from the music, to the food, to the dance." With sunny skies, and low humidity, the record crowd was really able to enjoy the wide variety of shows.
Bill Pearson reports "Festival goers say this one event helps expose them to food, arts and crafts, and most importantly, entertainment they don't normally get to enjoy on a regular basis."
A first time attendant Kristi Nerau commented on the festival, "Clogging, I've never seen it before, and I came here and saw the clogging. It's excellent."
In addition to all the clogging there were several dance groups performing. Visitors say it’s the kind of good, clean entertainment that the entire family can come out and enjoy.
Anne Szilage, another person enjoying the festival said, "It’s wonderful, because everyone can go around and see what they want. Listen to the music they desire and just have a great time."
The festival wraps up late on Sunday night, and organizers say there will be a full day of activities to enjoy.
Subric also said, "You won't find a better memorial weekend event, so come out and join us."
Tickets are $20 for adults and just four dollars for kids. The Stephen Foster State Park is located off U.S 41 in White Springs, and the money raised this weekend will pay for next year’s event.