Florida Folk Fest Brings Thousands To White Springs

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By Greg Gullberg
May 27, 2013

White Springs, FL - It's the kind of thing you just don't see anywhere. A man building a log cabin by hand. Or a woman showing off colonial style pistols. But that's what people have come to expect at the 61st Annual Florida Folk Festival.

"Actually I started coming here before I was even born. My mom came here when she was pregnant with me. And I just love music and coming out here," said festival goer William Bullen from Tallahassee.

"Yeah it's a big deal. It's something we look forward to every year. It's just great to hear a variety of artists and see your all time favorites every year. And then to be introduced to new talent that's in the area," said Jane Floyd Bullen, William's mother.

Thousands came out over Memorial Day Weekend to Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs. Organizers say it's the largest and longest running state-run folk festival in America. And it's all about the embodiment of folk culture.

Duane Westing is a folk musician who teaches folk music classes. He says the folk lifestyle is all about having fun.

"Whatever you can come up with to have some fun. It gets the kids going. It gets the adults going too. I must have about 500 students," said Westing.

The festival comes every Memorial Day weekend. So if you missed out this year, the next one will still be just as sweet as that powdered sugar on the funnel cakes.

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