Relive days gone by at Warriors Path's Folklife Festival

Holly Viers • Jul 11, 2018 at 6:45 PM

KINGSPORT — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go back in time?

If so, Warriors Path State Park will be giving you the chance to live out that fantasy in a couple weeks during its annual Folklife Festival.

The free event will celebrate “the good old days” in this region with live music, storytelling, life skills demonstrations, traditional crafts, games and more.

About the event

The 39th annual festival, which will be held July 28 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will help attendees gain new insights into those who lived here many years ago.

Old traditions, including weaving, woodcraft, apple butter-making, spinning and basketry, will be demonstrated by volunteers throughout the day, and children can enjoy some old-timey games, without the gadgets and store-bought toys that are popular today.

All activities will be held in or near the park’s recreation building on Duck Island.

Activity schedule

11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Craft and life skills demonstrations

Noon — Bluegrass and more with Alexander Creek

1 p.m. — Old-time Appalachian music with Run Down Boot

2 p.m. — Folk/Americana music with Reel to Reel

3 p.m. — Old-timey games (greased watermelon race)

4 p.m. — The Free Rangers, an all-ranger band playing old-time tunes of conservation and Tennessee heritage

4:30 p.m. — Old-timey games (schoolyard games)

5 p.m. — Great bluegrass with String Break

6 p.m. — Fine bluegrass music with Sapling Grove

7 p.m. — Amazing “Can Joe” music with CanJoe John

8 p.m. — Campfire tales (local legends and “haint” tales)

For more information, call (423) 239-6786 or visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click on “Upcoming Events.”