​Saturday, Oct. 19, is the day to visit the UT AgResearch and Education Center in Milan


Milan Fall Folklore Festival
At the 15th annual Fall Folklore Jamboree at the UT AgResearch and Education Center in Milan on Oct. 19, more than 100 folk artists will demonstrate traditional farming, cooking and home life skills, like tatting, a technique for handcrafting lace. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download photo.



MILAN, Tenn. – This October get the family out of the house for an exciting, affordable and also educational outing as the 15th annual Fall Folklore Jamboree returns to the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.

Visitors will feel they have escaped to a simpler time as they watch nearly 150 folk artists demonstrate skills that are rare for our day, like quilting, weaving, broom making, blacksmithing and even plowing with a team of mules. Bluegrass, gospel and string bands will provide musical entertainment all day. Plus, you can tour the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which tells the story of rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

If you have kids in different age groups don’t worry. Older kids will love to ride in a horse-drawn wagon, inspect antique farm equipment and pick their own cotton. Younger children will enjoy petting (or even milking) goats and playing in our “crazy corn” trough. And all can indulge their taste buds with a wide selection of savory foods that includes grilled tenderloin sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos and old-fashioned kettle corn.

You can chat with the local artisans about their unique crafts, and, in many cases, purchase some of their handmade goods. Find items for the home, like pottery, candles, soaps and brooms or pick up a unique gift for a friend, like beaded jewelry or a handmade turkey call. A favorite take-home souvenir for repeat guests is a bag of freshly ground corn meal, prepared in front of you in an old-fashioned gristmill.

If you need a break, grab a seat and relax as bluegrass bands jam on the front porch of a log cabin. You can also catch a ride on the AgResearch center overview tour. Sit back and learn more about the agricultural research taking place at the facility, while riding on a tractor-pulled wagon.

The Fall Folklore Jamboree begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12. Park at Milan High School, and buses will escort you to the admission booth. There is no charge to park.

The UT AgResearch and Education Center and West Tennessee Agricultural Museum are located on Highway 70/79 in Milan. For more detailed directions or other information call 731-686-8067, visit the website http://milan.tennessee.edu, or visit our Facebook page at “West TN Ag Museum.”

The AgResearch and Education Center at Milan is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Debra Campbell, UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, 731-686-7362, recatmilan@utk.edu

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu