The 9th annual Sucarnochee Folklife Festival kicked off today in Livingston with a feature for school children. A living history camp was set up on the Sumter County Courthouse lawn. Presenters dressed in period clothing and showed students first hand what life was like in the Alabama Blackbelt during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The festival will get underway in earnest Saturday.
"The living history camp will still be set up, but we'll also have a lot of other events from art demonstrations to live music on a stage, along with cooking competitions such as the cornbread cook-off and also a turkey calling competition that will take place inside the courthouse," says Tina Jones, who is an organizer for the festival.
Admission for the festival is free. It will start at 9 AM Saturday on the courthouse square in Livingston and wrap up with a ghost tour at 6 PM, followed by the Sucarnochee Review at 7 on the University of West Alabama's campus. About 1,500 people are expected to attend this year's festival.