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Pinellas Folk Festival Celebrates Music, Crafts

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Music from traditional folk to gospel, country and bluegrass will highlight Saturday’s (Jan. 30) folk festival at Heritage Village.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Celebrations continue at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. in Largo, with the Pinellas Folk Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Jan.,  30).

Dozens of Tampa Bay area’s premier folk musicians will spread the sounds of traditional folk, gospel, country and bluegrass music on stages throughout the village. Returning this year, several Folk Festival favorites such as Charlie Bill and His Barn Burners, Abasi Ote and Charlie Morris will entertain the crowds along with new bands such as Southern Yorkers, Greater Ridgecrest Community Ensemble, along with Bill and Eli Perras. The music won’t stop playing when the bands do. Two jam sessions, one bluegrass and one folk, will keep music flowing throughout the festival.

The McMullen-Coachman Log Cabin will also house a storyteller during the festival and a magician. A group of retired train lovers, Four Men and Their Trains, will roll into the festival with their model trains, complete with accessories, to display and run on the platform of the Sulphur Springs Depot train station all day long. Inside the Train Depot, “conductors” from the Morse Telegraph Club will show participants how trains picked up messages and the use of the telegraph.

The Folk Festival will also have traditional craft demonstrations, antique cars display, sugar cane grinding and boiling, a traditional fiber arts show and “fleece-to-shawl” activities. Participants can enjoy birds of prey, owl, and a red-tailed hawk shown by the Friends of Largo Nature Parks.

The event will have a food court with a large variety of vendors to satisfy guests. Pulled pork that has been smoked in the Smoke House at Heritage Village will made into delicious sandwiches and meat balls on a stick will be just some of the choices, as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, chocolate brownies, kettle corn and gourmet coffee and fruit smoothies.

Free parking and a shuttle to the event entrance will be located on 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads. Handicapped parking and drop-off is located in the parking lot at 12211 Walsingham Road.

A $5 donation is requested for adults and children older than 12. Admission is free for children younger than 12.

Heritage Village is a living history museum that brings more than 150 years of local history to life. Tour 29 authentic buildings and structures, and experience historical Pinellas County through hands-on exploration. Heritage Village has Wi-Fi availability. Heritage Village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed all Pinellas County holidays.

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Pinellas County | Pinellas Folk Festival | Heritage Village | Largo | Music | Events | TB Reporter

Pinellas County | Pinellas Folk Festival | Heritage Village | Largo | Music | Events | TB Reporter

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