West Tennessee Ag Museum Reopens for Event


West Tennessee Ag Museum, Milan, TN
Visitors to Fall Folklore Jamboree can tour the newly renovated West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. The event runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, at the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

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MILAN, Tenn. – If you’re looking for a family outing that’s unique, educational and also fun, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 17. That’s the day of the 17th annual Fall Folklore Jamboree, held on the grounds of the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan.

This all-day event takes visitors back to a time of log cabins, spinning wheels and old-fashioned bluegrass pickers playing on the porch. With more than 100 friendly folk artists demonstrating traditional skills, plus a long lineup of award winning gospel and bluegrass bands, visitors can truly get a glimpse of 19
th century life.

Jamboree guests can shop for handmade crafts, see a blacksmith in action and watch as freshly ground corn meal is prepared in an old-fashioned grist mill. Children will enjoy the many hands-on activities like cotton picking and goat milking, as well as the AgResearch Overview Tour, a tractor-pulled wagon ride that offers an insiders’ look at the AgResearch Center grounds.

Fall Folklore also marks the re-opening of the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. The museum has been temporarily closed for renovations, but will open its doors to Fall Folklore visitors. With almost 15,000 home and farm artifacts, the museum depicts rural life in the 19
th and early 20th centuries.

If you get hungry, there are plenty of menu options including grilled tenderloin, homemade chili, hamburgers, hotdogs and nachos. You can also sample fresh apple cider and old-fashioned kettle corn made right on the grounds.

The Fall Folklore Jamboree starts on Saturday, October 17, at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12. Park your vehicle at the 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. 

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Contacts:

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

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