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Foxfire Festival Schedule

Pig Chases

Ages Times
2-411am & 1:30
5-711:30 & 2
8-1012 & 2:30


Sign in-11-12
Compete 12-4

Wood Fling

7 & Under12
13 & up11:15

Wood Chopping


Wood Sawing


Sack Race

12 & Under3
13 & Up3:30

Shiner’s Dash


Corn Shucking

All Ages 1pm

Three Legged Race

12 & Under12:30
13 & Up1

Greased Pole


Tomahawk Throw

All day
The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is a single-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains, featuring regional music from numerous performers, showcases and demonstrations of time-honored handicrafts and trades, and all manner of mountain-flavored games and challenges for young and old alike. The Festival also honors the people of Southern Appalachia, represented at the event by the kind folks who have shared their tales and their lives with Rabun County high school students since 1966 and allowed those stories to be shared with the world through the pages of Foxfire books and magazines.

Go ahead and plan on making a day of it — lunch won't be a problem, with everything from burgers to barbecue to peanuts to funnel cakes on offer at the Festival. There will be top-notch local and regional music on stage throughout the day, ranging from true traditional to current styles, but all mountain-grown, through and through. Keeping the old skills alive, the craftsfolk will be showing finished goods and/or demonstrating mastery of time-honored talents like woodworking, blacksmithing, folk pottery, textile crafts, and many others. The outdoor field events give more-adventurous visitors a chance to see how they would fare in the days of old in the mountains, with physical and mental challenges from the past: brute-strength and endurance contests like wood chopping and cross-cut sawing, skill and speed trials like hatchet-throwing and greased-pig chases, and simple schoolyard fun like three-legged and sack races.

Read on (navigation at top left) for information about what happened at this year's Foxfire Mountaineer Festival, and check back next year for information on 2015's event as it becomes available.

2014's Festival was held on October 4 at the
Rabun County Civic Center, with more than
7,700 visitors helping generate in excess of
$16,000 to support Foxfire's education
programs here in Rabun County, GA.

Check back in a few months for information
on the next Foxfire Mountaineer Festival,
which is scheduled for October 3, 2015.

Located in Northeast Georgia's scenic mountains, along travelers' favorite US Highway 441, Clayton is centrally located less than two hours from Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, Asheville, NC, and Knoxville, TN.


City of Clayton

Clayton Tribune
Michael Leonard, Pub.

Many thanks to the members of our community who contributed resources and services to this year's Festival!

Platinum Sponsor
Reeves Hardware Company

Gold Sponsor
Phillips Automtive

Silver Sponsors
Adolph Sign Company
Neil & Joanne Bare
Blue Ridge Music
Bethel & Company
Michael Cummings, Attorney
Deal's Appliance Service
Mr. & Mrs. Ruddy Ellis
First American Bank & Trust
Betsy Fowler
Holly Henry-Perry, Clerk of Court
Jim's Service Center
Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lair
Lisa McCall
Karon Miller
Ann Moore
Russell & Russell, PC, Attorneys
United Community Bank

Bronze Sponsors
English, Tunkle & Smith, LLP
Vicki's Restaurant
Tonya Welch Rolader
Juanita Shope

Field Event Sponsors
Emma Chastain/Woodmen
City of Clayton
Michael Cumming, Atty at Law
Holly Henry-Perry, Clerk of Court
Tonya Welch Rolader
Rabun County Farm Bureau
Russell & Russell, Attys at Law
Leon Shirley
Juanita Shope
Stamp Creek Woodworks
United Community Bank
Windy Hill Farms

Special Thanks To:
Dept. of Family & Childrens Svcs.
Girls Scouts of Rabun County
Kiwanis of Rabun
Jennifer Marcellino/Medlink
Old School Community Garden
Rabun Board of Commissioners
Rabun Co. Sheriff's Dept.
South State Bank
TNW Cabinets
David Vinson

    site last updated on 10/21/2014