Twice a year, hoards of people descend on sleepy little Brasstown. On New Year’s Eve, the attraction is the Possum Drop at Clay’s Corner. In early October, it’s the Folk School’s Fall Festival. This annual celebration of local craftspeople, musicians, and dancers draws roughly 14,000 people, and we hope you’ll be one of them this year!
Fall Festival, always held the first weekend in October, celebrates Appalachian heritage through the sale of fine craft (over 200 vendors), music and dance performances, delicious food, craft making demonstrations, and plenty of activities for kids, like alpaca petting and a drum circle. The Festival stretches from one end of the campus to the other, so bring your walking shoes. Artisans, many of whom are members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, sell their wares in the Festival Barn, around the Fiber Arts building, and “studio row.” Other craftspeople and vendors can be found along the walking paths and in “Olive’s Gallery” which is located at Open House. For more information and a schedule of performance events, click here.
Fall Festival was started in 1974, by the Folk School directors at the time, Gus and Maggie Masters. Maggie passed away in July, and we dedicate this year’s Festival to her memory. The Festival was originally held in and around Open House. While Fall Festival has grown enormously over the years, the spirit of autumnal excitement has remained the same. Come see for yourself why Fall Festival continues to be one of the most popular events in the region!
October 2 & 3, 2010
10 am- 5 pm
Admission: Adults: $5, Ages 12-17: $3, Under 12: free
Love the old photo-makes me wish I could go back in time and see who was there and what the festival was like then.