• Sucarnochee Folklife Festival set for April 16

    Posted: April 16, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival (SFF) celebrates twelve years of the unique life ways of Alabama’s Black Belt on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McConnell Field-Lyon Hall Quad on The University of West Alabama campus.

    The festival slogan for this year, “Sucarnochee: 12 Years in the Making,” joins the Alabama Tourism Department’s “The Year of Alabama Makers” theme in recognizing the importance of all makers across the state, including skilled craft workers who make or create things by hand— everything from traditional craft, music and food artisans, to industrial and commercial production artisans across Alabama.

    “We are proud to continue the Festival’s tradition of spotlighting Alabama makers, especially this year as we partner with the Alabama Tourism Department celebrating makers from all over Alabama,” said Executive Director of Economic Development and Outreach Dr. Tina Naremore Jones. “In honor of this year’s theme, the Festival will have a special exhibit, “Look What I Made,” where the community members are invited to bring something special that they made to share during the event.”

    “We will still have our favorite Blue Ribbon Contests,” said Jones. The competition ties back to the original goal of the festival and why it began- as a way to teach people about traditions and customs of the Black Belt region and keep them alive for future generations.” Blue Ribbon Contests for this year include the Cornbread Cook-off, pie baking, canned goods and BBQ fixins, such as potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and BBQ sauce.

    A day of great music is in store for festival attendees with a stage show of local talent. Dr. Alan Brown will treat attendees to the annual Ghost Walk Tour and the Black Belt Museum’s Living History Camp will also be available for tours and demonstrations. Special information is available for the Alabama Centennial celebration and the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. Attendee’s can enjoy Danny Buckalew as emcee host for the “Sucarnochee Live” stage show— and family enjoyment is offered to those of all ages as music, food, storytelling, art, and much more are shared throughout the day.

    Other sponsors of the event include the University of West Alabama, Black Belt Museum, UWA Fine Arts Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Department of Tourism, City of Livingston, Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and the Black Belt Community Foundation.

    For more information on the Sucarnochee Folklife Festival, please call (205) 652-3828, email centerforblackbelt@uwa.edu or grobbins@uwa.edu. To download vendor and Blue Ribbon application forms, visit www.centerforblackbelt.org.
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