ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Will Host Folklife Festival

In TIFTON, Georgia, the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s (ABAC) Georgia Museum of Agriculture is preparing to host its annual Folklife Festival on April 6. This event serves as a celebration of the diverse cultural heritage of South Georgia, offering visitors of all ages an opportunity to explore and engage with the region’s rich history and traditions.

Among the highlights of the day is the ceremonial firing of the turpentine still at 11 a.m., providing guests with a firsthand look at the age-old process of turpentine distillation—a practice deeply rooted in the cultural fabric of south Georgia.

Attendees will have the chance to step back in time as they wander through the Historic Village, where interactive activities such as train rides on the museum’s Vulcan Steam Engine, livestock encounters, and sawmill demonstrations await. From cornbread sampling to mule plowing, the festival promises a variety of experiences that offer insight into the region’s rural past.

Throughout the day, visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of South Georgia through a range of engaging activities. Live music sets the scene for the festivities, while the “Past to Present” Historical Dance event offers a unique opportunity to experience traditional dance styles firsthand.

Art and literature enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy at the festival as well. The Art Gallery will host the “Lost to the Ages” exhibit, featuring the photography of Evey Mercer—a collection that serves as a poignant reflection on vanishing cultural artifacts. Author Muriel Eden-Paul will be on hand to sign copies of her book, “Song of Jaybird,” which offers a fictionalized glimpse into the lives of turpentine camp workers.

ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture Will Host Folklife Festival

For those interested in crafts and quilting, the American Legacy Quilt Show will showcase exceptional fiber work, with raffle tickets available for purchase for a chance to win one of the stunning quilted creations.

Families can enjoy a host of activities at Destination Ag’s Agricultural Literacy Complex, including meeting friendly goats, sheep, and mini Herefords in the “Busy Barnyard,” exploring the playground and pollinator garden, and getting their faces painted with colorful designs at “Happy Sunrise” face-painting.

And of course, no festival would be complete without delicious food. From barbecue sandwiches and chili dogs at the Historic Village’s Drug Store to a variety of options from food trucks—including funnel cakes, egg rolls, and street tacos—there’s something to satisfy every appetite.

Admission to the Folklife Festival is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $6 for children aged 5–16, and free for children aged 4 and under. For more information, interested individuals can contact the museum at (229) 391-5205.

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As anticipation builds for the upcoming Folklife Festival, visitors can look forward to a day filled with cultural immersion, entertainment, and exploration at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the rich heritage of South Georgia firsthand.

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