GMA Folk Life Festival Cancelled

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The Folk Life Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The festival is one of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture’s biggest annual events, and showcases traditional the crafts and trades of historical Georgia. With it the American Legacy Quilt show and the Wiregrass Farmers Market’s first market of the year have been postponed.

The American Legacy Quilt Show, which normally takes place in the GMA Gallery, shows off the hand quilting skills of the members of the Wiregrass Quilters’ Guild, and usually takes place in tandem with the annual Folk Life Festival. This year’s event has been cancelled, but they are hopeful that they will be able to hold it once more come 2021.

Also postponed is the Wiregrass Farmer’s Market first market of the season. Usually, the market opens the day of the Folk Life Festival in the pavilion behind the GMA’s Country Store, and continues every Saturday from 9am-12pm for the spring season. No specific date has been set for the opening market, but GMA curator Polly Huff says “all efforts will be made to have a Spring season.”

The multimedia exhibit “Blood, Bone, & Stone: Jack McKey” is still being hosted by the GMA Gallery, the hands-on demonstrations previously hosted in-person by Mr. Mckey, will be filmed and released digitally on the GMA’s Facebook page. For more information on this exhibit, check out the article on The Stallion website.

Though there are no plans to for programming in spring the director of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Garrett Boone, has said “if guidelines change and we have the opportunity to hold this event along with other smaller programming events we most definitely will.”

Ordinary procedure for employee’s resumed on January 25th. The train will still run on Saturdays, loading only at the train depot at the historic village. The Museum will continue to follow the CDC guidelines for COVID safety. Their operating hours can be found on their webpage at gma.abac.edu.

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