Visit the Environmental and Cultural Awareness Exhibits to discover the people and organizations devoted to conserving Florida's cultural heritage and natural resources, from endangered species and vital rivers, to artists, educators and historical sites. We're currently working on the 2018 festival. In the meantime, take a look at the exhibitors that have attended the festival in previous years.
Edible Plant Project provides education and stock plant material to establish resilience in our community, by promoting edible plants in the landscape,and establishing community gardens with perennials that can be eaten.
Florida Banjo Society is dedicated to the preservation and teaching of the Old Time Banjo styles that were popular prior to the early part of the 20th Century. The Banjo Society annual hosts the Old-Time Banjo Contest and seeks contestants that honor and preserve this part of our culture and perform it publicly. Located near the Under the Oaks Stage Sunday afternoon during the Banjo Contest.
Florida Historical Society was established in 1856. The Florida Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Florida's past through the collection and archival maintenance of historical documents and photographs, the publication of scholarly research on Florida history, and educating the public about Florida history through a variety of public history projects and programs. Visit their exhibit during the festival to discover information about the life and work of writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Books relating to Florida’s history and culture will be sold.
Florida State Fiddle Association works to increase communication among fiddlers and other old-time musicians in the State of Florida. They hold an annual convention and conduct the Florida State Fiddle Contest. The fiddle contest is held Saturday of the Florida Folk Festival at the Under the Oaks Stage. Members of the Fiddle Association are happy to provide information at the Under the Oaks Stage during the fiddle contest.
Florida Trail Association develops, maintains, promotes and protects the Florida National Scenic Trail and other hiking trails in Florida while educating the public about conservation of the natural beauty of Florida
Friends of Florida Folk, Inc. is an advocate for all things Florida Folk. They work to identify, protect, preserve, and promote folk arts, crafts, dance and music. Located in the Marketplace Area near the Heritage and Dance Stage. They have Friends of Florida Folk merchandise.
Hamilton County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coalition, (SWAT) Students Working Against Tobacco is committed to reduce youth smoking and tobacco use rates. They educate youth and adults about how the tobacco industry targets youth, protecting young people from “starter” products like candy flavored tobacco and little cigars, and working with the community to limit our children’s’ access and exposure to tobacco. SWAT will make information and resources available to help people stop smoking and drug addiction. Free stress balls and insect repellant will be distributed to visitors while supplies last.
Life South Community Blood Bank is accepting donations of all blood types throughout the festival. Donate today!
Will McLean Foundation for Florida Heritage in Music presents material designed to educate about environmental protection and cultural preservation through the works of Will McLean and other Florida artists influenced by him. Located at The Will McLean Stage.