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Folk Festival To Return To Huntsville’s Roots May 2-4

April 25, 2014
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

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participants dressed in period costumes demonstrating 19th century weapons
Demonstrators talk with children visiting the folk festival.

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will celebrate Huntsville’s “most beloved citizen” by returning to his roots during the 27th annual Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival on Friday and Saturday (May 2-4).

The 15-acre museum grounds will be transformed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, allowing visitors to step back in time to the 1800s and witness a day in the life of Huntsvillians, Texas heroes, pioneers, and travelers who visited the city.

The 2014 festival will focus on educating and entertaining families on the history of Huntsville and Texas in the 1800s with returning favorites such as the children’s tent, where youths can create crafts from the past and dip their own candles; demonstrations in glass blowing and blacksmithing; and the colorful and energetic performances of the Sahawe Indian Dancers, according to Scotty Cherryholmes, marketing coordinator for the folk festival.

“New experiences are being added to the 27th annual festival’s lineup every day,” said Mac Woodward, museum director and Huntsville mayor. “We are really excited about bringing to life some very old friends of Huntsville, namely Sam Houston and his contemporaries, as well as many new sights and sounds to our grounds and performance areas.”

Among those experiences will be special appearances by Scott Griffin, the actor who portrayed Houston in PBS-broadcasted “Sam Houston: American Statesman, Soldier and Pioneer” movie.

Huntsville is one of the oldest towns in the Republic of Texas and holds a great deal of history that is important both within the realm of Texas history and as the pathway from frontier to republic to state, according to Cherryholmes.

“The folk festival is a great time for us all to invite our out of town friends and families to come to Huntsville and experience the spring weather on the beautiful 15-acre grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum,” Cherryholmes said. “We believe that we have a lot to be proud of in Huntsville and our significant place in the early history of Texas.”

The Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival was begun in 1988 to increase visitors’ understanding and appreciation for Texas history, the life of Gen. Sam Houston, and frontier and pioneer heritage. Since then, the festival has accommodated more than 230,000 visitors from Texas, surrounding states and several foreign countries.

Admission prices are $5 for adults ages 13 and older, $3 for children ages 4-12, and free for children under the age of 3. Group rates are also available.

For more information, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832, and for a complete entertainment lineup, visit GSHFF.com or “Like” the Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival on Facebook.



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