​History Comes Alive at 19th Annual Event

Mule at Heritage Festival

​Mule plowing demonstrations are a favorite of many Fall Folklore Jamboree visitors and just one of nearly 40 different old fashioned skills that will be on display. Fall Folklore is Saturday, October 21. 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 21, more than 100 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 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. 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 19
th and early 20th centuries. Also, be sure to include the AgResearch Overview Tour on your visit. This tractor-pulled wagon ride offers visitors an insiders’ 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. All onsite spaces are reserved for Accessible parking. Vehicles must display a valid disabled driver or passenger tag to park onsite. 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 milan.tennessee.edu​
, or visit our Facebook page at “West TN Ag Museum.”

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.



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