LIVE OAK — It’s time to enjoy Thanksgiving Day dinner Nov. 28 and then the wonderful 30th annual Old Tyme Farm Days and Swap Meet Nov. 29-30 at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.
This long-time annual gathering of folks from all across South Georgia, Florida and other places is just plain fun, relaxing and leaves you with a good feeling that the world is still a fun place to be, especially at the Music Park. The 2019 Suwannee Lights Christmas wonderland drive-thru debuts the evening of Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 30.
A new edition this year is the Farm to Table Market with Turkey Hill Farms of Tallahassee bringing in all types of fresh produce and meats Tuesday through Thursday so anyone spending the weekend at the SOSMP and anyone else who wishes to shop may purchase fresh veggies and meat onsite. Turkey Hill Farms will also bring back to the festival the ever-popular cane grinding and syrup making this year from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Also an antique tractor sled pull was recently added to this grand weekend.
The weekend gets underway with Thanksgiving dinner in the Music Hall. The meal costs $5 per person and a large container of a person’s favorite recipe and the SOSMP will provide the rest. Either way, come on out and be with our “family!”
The weekend after Thanksgiving, the 30th annual Old Tyme Farm Days & Swap Meet gets underway from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the SOSMP Jam Field. This festival brings vendors with all sorts of delicious food and enticing merchandise to check off those on your Christmas list, along with music, games for the kids, square dancing with Fish Camp Cutups Band Friday in the VIP Pavilion and Saturday in the Music Hall from 7-9 p.m., antique tractor parade Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and much, much more. Items for sale include homemade items such as crochet, hand-made patio furniture that looks as if it’s made from real trees, a nationally known chainsaw wood carver who will make eyes pop with his spectacular products, beautiful jewelry, yummy home-canned jellies and jam and more, seat-belt cozies in favorite team colors, beautiful dish towels with crocheted hangers, all types of other wonderful kitchen and home decoration needs to beautify a home, keepsakes with one’s favorite football team emblem, beautiful paintings, handmade Christmas tree decorations, exquisite hand-made bird houses, live plants, kettle corn, Kids’ Tent (Ms. Jean’s Fun Place), Christmas ceramics, lanterns with Christmas decorations, antique wooden boxes along with many other antique items such as tools, yard sale items, home-made pies and casseroles ready to go home, hand-painted saw blades and other unique items.
Exhibits include antique tractors, engines, tools and other mechanical delights. Those who bring these treasures will be glad to talk about these prize belongings and share a few stories.
This year the Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp will be held all weekend so you can expect lots of music from the kids as well as musicians such as Karen Goines, Cora Goines, 10, Jessica Ellis, 13, and many others who will perform on the Uncle Charles Stage. For those that like clogging, gather around this stage and experience the amazement of watching US National Champions Southern Rhythm Cloggers of Lake City.
Admission is $10 per carload during the day for Friday and Saturday’s Old Tyme Farm Days & Swap Meet.