Step back in time at the Florida Folklife Festival at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site Aug. 8-9

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Volume 37-211 For Immediate Release: July 31, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Experience the crafts and skills of the early 19th century at the Florida Folklife Festival Aug. 8-9 at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site in Florida.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Florida, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and is free and open to the public. 

Entertainers and craft exhibitors dressed in historic attire will present music, crafts, games and storytelling throughout both days. Pablo will entertain the crowd with storytelling at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Traditional, fiddle and Celtic music will be performed by a variety of individuals and groups. The Currey Family will take the stage at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday; Becky Blackaby will perform at noon on both days; RalûGerri will perform at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday; the Dirt Road Rascals will perform at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday; and Doc Howard will perform at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition to the music, crafts and skills displayed will include blacksmithing, spinning, soap making, papier-mâché figures, chair caning, seat weaving, wooden toys, willow furniture, crochet and needlework, rug braiding, flint knapping, beeswax candles and period clothing.   Throughout the weekend, visitors will have free admission to the historic site's museum. Food and drink vendors will offer kettle corn, funnel cakes, barbecue, corn dogs and more.  

Florida, the site of Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, is located 15 miles southwest of Monroe City on Highway 107 between U.S. Highway 24 and Highway 154 on Mark Twain Lake.  The site features a museum and the clapboard cabin where Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born. Nearby Mark Twain State Park features campgrounds, camper cabins, picnic areas, a swimming beach and access to Mark Twain Lake for fishing and boating. 

For more information about the event, call the historic site at 573-565-3449 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at