History comes alive October 18 at 16th annual event 


Fall Folklore musicians

Among the Fall Folklore Jamboree entertainment is a long lineup of bluegrass and gospel bands. Gates open to the 16th annual event at the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image.


MILAN, Tenn. – Enrich your October with a trip to the Fall Folklore Jamboree at the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. On Saturday, October 18, nearly 150 folk artists and musicians will gather to re-create rural Tennessee from years gone by. Join the Jamboree to explore the history, culture, art and traditions of the area.

Gates open at 9 a.m., and you should plan to arrive early if you want to see it all. Visit the booths of skilled craftsmen who make toys, tools, instruments, furniture and more all by hand.  See blacksmithing, weaving, broom making and quilting demonstrations throughout the day. You can even watch as freshly ground corn meal is prepared in an old-fashioned grist mill. These handmade goods are of the highest quality and make unique gifts for friends or family.

The mule-plowing demonstrations are always a big hit, and younger visitors will enjoy handpicking and ginning cotton and hand milking a goat! Of course, guests of all ages love to eat, and Fall Folklore visitors can enjoy a wide selection of savory foods like grilled tenderloin sandwiches, homemade chili, and old-fashioned kettle corn.

Traditional bluegrass, gospel and string bands will entertain on an outdoor stage throughout the day. Pull up a hay bale and enjoy the toe-tapping melodies performed by some of the region’s top musicians.

While you’re here, make time to tour the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which houses almost 15,000 agricultural artifacts. The museum tells the story of rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Also, be sure to include the AgResearch Overview Tour on your visit. This tractor-pulled wagon ride offers visitors an insider’s look at the AgResearch Center grounds.

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 Center’s website
, 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,

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