Folklife Festival

Event Date

Saturday, April 4, 2020
All Day


Dates & times for April 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020 All Day


ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture
1392 Whiddon Mill Road
Tifton GA 31793


  • Adult (17+): $10.00
  • Senior (55+): $8.00
  • Child (5-16): $5.00
  • Child (under 4): $0


Vulcan Steam Train
Visitors can enjoy a celebration of the rich, rural heritage of South Georgia during the annual Folklife Festival on April 4 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Showcasing South Georgia’s history and culture, the event runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with interactive activities for both children and adults.

The Vulcan Steam train’s whistle welcomes visitors for a ride to the Historic Village and Festival. A can’t miss moment of the day will be the ceremonial firing of the Turpentine Still at 11 a.m. for the Historic Village’s annual turpentine distillation. Museum guests will see up close and personal this age-old process that is central to South Georgia’s cultural heritage. The still will be running throughout the day and discharging closer to 4 p.m.

The Folklife Festival is all about hands-on activities including, sawmill, cooking, and quilt square sewing demonstrations. Guests can also visit the antique and model tractors that will be on display on the Tift West Lawn. The antique tractors will parade through the Historic Village at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In the way of exhibits, the GMA's curatorial staff will have several offerings for Folklife festival guests. In the art gallery, The Rust & Recreation exhibit will spotlight the art of Columbus native Dave Clegg of CleggoBots. Seventy of Clegg's robots will be on display and available for purchase in the Gallery. Clegg will also serve as an Artist-In-Residency that day, leading gallery tours and speaking about his work with guests. In the Main exhibit hall, the GMA's oldest artifact on record, a 1700s Chair-Table, will be on temporary exhibit. In the East/West Conference Room, the American Legacy Quilt show will wow guests with exceptional fiber work, a boutique featuring works of local quilters for sale, a "sew your own square" demonstration area, and a raffle basket extravaganza. The Tifton Council of Garden Clubs will host their Annual Flower Show in the Museum Atrium on April 3 and the show will remain on display through April 4.

To satisfy every hearty appetite, the Historic Village’s Drug Store will offer delicious BBQ sandwiches along with chips and a drink. TNT will be serving hamburgers, nachos, and hot dogs. Enjoy a sweet treat from K&K Custom Creations or SnoBiz. Visitors can stop into the Country Store and pick up food items including jams, jellies, grits, or corn meal.

The Festival coincides with the seasonal opening of the Wiregrass Farmers Market. Local growers and producers will be offering fresh picked produce from 9 a.m. until noon as well as hand-made goods for sale at the Market located under the pole barn behind the Country Store.
Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
  • Parking on Site
  • Concessions
  • Public Restrooms
  • Restaurant on Site
Near Interstate Highway
  • 75
Payment Options
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
Group Amenities
  • Group-Friendly
General Information
  • Family-Friendly