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Welcome To Southern Appalachian Fun!

The Foxfire Mountaineer Festival is a single-day celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains, featuring traditional music from numerous regional 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. 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 including 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 archery and greased-pig chases, and simple schoolyard fun like three-legged races and sack races.

Read on (navigation at top left) for information about everything that happened at 2013's event.

DATE — Saturday, October 4, 2014

LOCATION — Rabun County Civic Center,
on US Hwy. 76 W in Clayton, Georgia

Located in Northeast Georgia's scenic mountain region, 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

Southern Grace

Clayton Tribune
Michael Leonard, Pub.

State Farm Insurance
Ed Grizzle


Many thanks to the community
friends, organizations,
and businesses who
contributed resources, silent
auction items, and services
to last year's Festival!

Jane Adams
Frank & Dona Andrews
Asia Nails
Neil & Joanne Bare
Teo Barth
Laurie Borders
Buds & Blossoms
Tava Carver Bradshaw
Burger King (Clayton)
Rosalie Callaham
The Candy Store/Lee Perry
Jeff Carver
Randall Castleberry
Center for Puppetry Arts
Clayton Merchants & Bus. Assoc.
Crestview Store
Michael Cummings II LLC
Custom Imprints
CVS (Clayton)
Deal's Appliance Service
Dept. of Family & Children's Svcs.
Peter Dietrich
The Dillard House
Dollar General (Mountain City)
Drake Enterprises
Joseph Drexler
Michelle Duquette
Rutherford "Ruddy" Ellis
Ferguson Pottery
Five Points Grocery
Betsy Fowler
Foxfire Community Board
Gotta Go
Sam Granger
Mary & Coralie Hardman
Billy Fred & Shirley Hellams
Holly Henry-Perry
Ingles Market (Clayton)
Stanley & Kathy Irvin
Mike Ivey
Jim's Service Center
Whitney Nave Jones
Knoxville Zoo
La Cabana Mexican Restaurant
La Pachanga Mexican Restaurant
Liberty Tax Service
Longhorn Steakhouse (Cornelia)
Manrique's Mexican Restaurant
McDonald's (Clayton)
Medlink Rabun
Susan Mick
Karon Miller
Ricky Mitchell
Annette Modesto
Ann Moore
Museum of Appalachia
Scott Peppers
Rabun Co. Board of Comm.
Rabun Co. Boy Scouts Troop 6
Rabun Co. Cub Scouts Pack 6
Rabun Co. Girl Scouts
Rabun Co. Farm Bureau
RaceTrac (Clayton)
Kip Ramey
Reeves Hardware
Ripley's Aquarium
Tonya Rolader
Russell & Russell PC
Santa's Land
Lake Sirmon
Juanita Shope
John Sperry
Stamp Creek Woodworks
Tangerine Dream
Tiger Food Mart
TJ Stevens
Lanice Suddeth
Randy Tobias
TNW Cabinets
United Community Bank
U.S. Forest Service
Valley Drapery
David Vinson
Walgreens (Clayton)
Joe Williams
Mike & Wanda Williamson
Larry Wilson
Woodmen of the World
Beth Kelley Zorbanos

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