• Sucarnochee Folklife Festival set for April 19

    Posted: April 15, 2014

    Author: Gena Robbins

     The University of West Alabama’s Center for the Study of the Black Belt celebrates the Sucarnochee Folklife Festival’s tenth year anniversary on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Livingston.

    Favorite Blue Ribbon contests such as the cornbread cook-off, pie baking, home canning, cake baking and BBQ sauce scheduled. New to festival this year is the Black Belt Quilt Show. The community is invited to submit quilts to be displayed at the event. There is no competition, but instead a group collection from Sumter County for all to enjoy.

    “We are excited about this year’s Black Belt Quilt Show. This event is part of a regional project that hopes to establish a Black Black Quilt Trail,” said Center for the Study of the Black Belt Executive Director Dr. Tina Naremore Jones. “Thanks to the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the University of West Alabama Archives, a quilt created as part of our nation’s bicentennial celebration will be on display. The quilt features an outline of Sumter County with individual quilt blocks created by different communities.”

    A day of great music is also in store for festival attendees with a stage show including the sounds of Jack White and friends, and exciting local talent in the special afternoon of “Sumter Spotlight” performances.

    “We want to encourage people interested in the Blue Ribbon competition to begin working now on their entries,” said Dr. Tina N. Jones, University of West Alabama’s Center for the Study of the Black Belt executive director. “Although held the third Saturday in April, the Festival will be here before we know it; some categories require early preparation and practice.”

    The contests are an important part of the Sucarnochee Folklife Festival, supporting the event in keeping to its original purpose.
    “The Blue Ribbon Contests tie back to the original goal of the festival and why it began- as a way to teach people about traditions and customs of the Black Belt region and keep them alive for future generations,” explained Jones. “In addition, as these competitions are held, we add to the stories of the Black Belt that are shared and our unique stories grow.”

    All are invited to the courthouse square to celebrate “Ten Years of Festival Fun.” Family enjoyment is offered to those of all ages as music, food, storytelling, art, and much more are shared throughout the day.

    Other sponsors of the event include the University of West Alabama, Black Belt Museum, UWA Fine Arts Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Black Belt Conservation & Research Institute, Alabama Department of Tourism, City of Livingston, and the Sumter County Commission.

    For more information on the Sucarnochee Folklife Festival, please call (205) 652-3828, email centerforblackbelt@uwa.edu.

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