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January 1, 1970


Location: Folk School Campus

Folk School Fall Festival 2017

Golden fall sunlight and brightly colored leaves provide a scenic backdrop for the John C. Campbell Folk School's Fall Festival. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School's Brasstown, North Carolina campus, heralds its 43rd anniversary in October.

This year's Fall Festival has special significance, as the Folk School has dedicated the event to the North Carolina Arts Council's 50th birthday celebration. The Folk School's enduring commitment to the arts is evident in two vibrant exhibitions showcasing the School's Visual Arts and Quilting and Surface Design Programs. Davidson Hall will house works by accomplished Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media instructors. The Pitman Fiber Arts Building will feature a display of over 30 striking quilts made by the school’s instructors.

Visit over 250 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school's winding wooded paths. Watch more than 30 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend.

Children will enjoy the pony rides, petting the alpacas, and visiting the animals at the Humane Society's pet adoption booth. Face painting and arts and crafts activities will be offered by the Cherokee County Arts Council.

Hungry festivalgoers can satisfy their appetites with a tasty lunch, dessert, or snack. Vendors' concession proceeds benefit several non-profit and community organizations.

The Folk School's renowned Craft Shop, containing fine crafts from over 300 juried regional artists, will draw visitors throughout the weekend and be offering a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Craft Shop.

There are no ATMs on campus.
While many vendors accept credit cards, attendees are encouraged to bring cash to pay for tickets and food.

Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12.

Parking: The Murphy High School Shooting Team will manage the free on-campus parking. Donations are encouraged, with proceeds helping the team to learn shooting sports in a safe, positive environment.

Download the 2017 Fall Festival Program here.

Fall Festival Music & Dance Schedule

SATURDAY, October 7


10:00 Liden Barralon Band
10:40 Campbell Folk School Cloggers
11:20 The Rick & Geoff Show
12:00 Folk School Junior Appalachian Music Students
12:40 Wyatt Espalin & Friends
1:20 Jones Brothers
2:00 Heidi Holton
2:40 Brasstown Morris & Garland Dancers
3:20 Kudzu Kicker Cloggers
4:00 Cane Creek Cliff Dwellers


10:00 Jones Brothers
10:40 Greg Biltz
11:20 Faith Willin’
12:00 Heidi Holton
12:40 Dusty Road Rangers
1:20 Beansidhe
2:00 Lee Knight
2:40 Ellis Walden Band
3:20 Redwine Jam
4:00 Nelson Thomas

SUNDAY, October 8


10:00 Sunday Morning String Band
10:40 Ian Appleyard
11:20 Faith Willin’
12:00 Just Us Gals
12:40 The Little Alberts
1:20 Campbell Folk School Cloggers
2:00 The Pressley Girls
2:40 Little Brasstown Baptist Church Choir
3:20 Brasstown Morris & Garland Dancers
4:00 Irons In The Fire


10:00 Folk School Junior Appalachian Music Students
10:40 Wyatt Espalin & Friends
11:20 Dusty Road Rangers
12:00 Greg Biltz
12:40 Kudzu Kicker Cloggers
1:20 Cane Creek Cliff Dwellers
2:00 Tom Morgan & Lynne Haas
2:40 The Mountaineers
3:20 Kenneth Gay
4:00 Anne & Rob Lough


1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724)
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John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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