WHITE SPRINGS — Thousands of people flocked to White Springs and the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park for the Florida Folk Festival last weekend.
More than 300 performances were provided over the three-day festival, the 67th annual event.
Featured artists included John McEuen & The String Wizards, Rod MacDonald, Cortadito, Toney Rocks and the Firewater Tent Revival. Playing Saturday at the Folk Festival are John Anderson, Taller Balancé Bomba Afro-Borícua, Ben Prestage and Wild Shiners. The headliners for Sunday include Billy Dean, Tom Shed and Frank Thomas.
Recognized as a "Top 20 Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society, the festival has been a venue for folk artists since 1953.
In addition to the performances, visitors were able to participate in jam sessions, workshops and demonstrations, as well as purchase a slew of food and merchandise from various vendors.
The festival also marked the 40th anniversary of the Florida Folklife Program, which has funded nearly 200 apprenticeships, awarded 134 Folk Heritage Awards, produced albums, films and radio programs, created educational resources and documented countless tradition bearers presented annually at the Florida Folk Festival.