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Folklife Festival gets facelift

The Agrirama’s sawmill is run by a steam engine and will be operating during the Georgia Folklife Festival, April 13-14 in Tifton.In a celebration of Georgia’s unique cultural heritage, the Agrirama, Georgia’s Agriculture Museum and Historic Village, located in Tifton, will hold its annual Georgia Folklife Festival and Fiddler’s Jamboree on April 13-14. The festival focuses on preserving the oral, material and performance genres of folklore prevalent in the Wiregrass region of Southwest Georgia from the late 19th century, as well as those living traditions of today.

“This year, we wanted to examine [Georgia’s] culture beyond agricultural practices. We wanted to dig a little deeper into the culture of this region,” says John Johnson, curator at the Agrirama.

The two-day celebration begins with performances Friday evening, representing the region’s gospel traditions. A square dance hosted by the Georgia Callers Association follows, in honor of a soon-to-be-opened exhibit on the contribution of square dancing to Georgia’s rich folk heritage.

Saturday offers a number of agricultural-based demonstrations, live music, storytelling, interpretational and educational programs, as well as the Fiddler’s Jamboree at noon. For more information, visit www.agrirama.com, or contact Tyrie Smith at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, tsmith@abac.edu, (229) 391-4952; or John Johnson at curator@agrirama.com.

—Tyrie J. Smith


Whether you’re interested in goats as pets or as livestock, you need to know the proper way to feed, groom and care for the animals. And, according to Washington County Extension Agent Sidney Law, the Goat-A-Rama held each year in his county has become known in the Southeast as the educational goat event to attend. This year’s Goat-A-Rama is set for April 14 at the Washington County Farm Bureau Ag Center in Tennille; admission is free.

In addition to educational seminars and hands-on events, Goat-A-Rama provides a fun social setting for learning about goats.Seminars, exhibits and hands-on clinics teach everything from medications to hoof trimming. Goats will be offered for sale by private treaty, and representatives from different organizations, such as the Dairy Goat Association, will be on hand.

Charles Batten, president of Sunbelt Goat Producers Co-op, says the main focus is to educate producers. But, along with education, comes a chance to sample “chevon,” better known as goat meat. The group will be cooking and selling the chevon, along with hamburgers and hot dogs for the less adventurous.

Call the Washington County Extension Office at (478) 552-2011, or the Sunbelt Goat Producers Co-op at (478) 553-1003 for more information on this year’s events.

—Debra Foster

Georgia glimpses

Quad/Graphics• Wisconsin-based Quad/Graphics, the third-largest printer in North America with a Georgia plant in The Rock, was named to Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2007 list. Lauded for its three- and four-day work weeks, onsite child-care and fitness centers, Quad/Graphics ranked 76th overall, and No. 26 of 39 large companies that made the list. GEORGIA Magazine prints at Quad’s plant in The Rock. For more on Quad, visit www.qg.com.

• Atlanta is host to the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball championship March 31 and April 2, at the Georgia Dome. For more on the sold-out games and events surrounding the finals, visit www.atlanta.net/finalfour. Didn’t get a ticket? Don’t worry: Interactive fan-fest events will be held next door at the Georgia World Congress Center; see www.hoop-city.com.


April 2007

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