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Special Appearances & Children's Activities

Saturday, September 17
FSU Main Campus, Upper Quad

Red Sparrow Reading & Signing2:00 PM Song of the Red Sparrow, A Reading and Book Signing with local author Rory Shane Riggs
(Mountain City Traditional Arts Tent)

In the tradition of Gone with the Wind, Cold Mountain, and Lonesome Dove, Song of the Red Sparrow presents the first installment of a sweeping historical epic that moves from Maryland at the time of the Civil War to a small, isolated Texas town. Copies will be available for purchase.


Horn's Punch & Judy ShowHorn’s Punch and Judy Show
A One-Of-A-Kind Specialty Act Filled With Puppetry, Magic And Splendid Amusements
(Throughout the day on Festival Grounds)

Here at last is a fun-filled attraction that truly captures the wonders of childhood. Founded in Baltimore in 1897, Horn's Punch and Judy Show is America's oldest and most unique children's entertainment experience. Now in its third generation, Professor Horn continues this legacy with his clever comedy magic, novelty routines and his laugh-out-loud funny Punch & Judy puppet show. Learn more about Professor Horn and about our services.

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NOON Whammy-diddles
(Children’s Tent)

Construct your own whammy-diddle under the guidance of musician Slim Harrison. Whammy-diddles are one of the simplest and most authentic “Appalachian” instruments and folk toys. They are easy to make and are a great parent/child project. For over 25 years, Harrison has performed at schools and festivals, hoedowns and throwdowns all over North America and around the world. He is a “Master Artist” with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and full-time “Artist in Residence” with the Maryland State Arts Council – Artists in Education, Touring Artists Program.

Cherokee Storytelling1:00 PM Cherokee Storytelling with Joseph Stands With Many
(Children’s Tent)

Dressed in traditional Native American clothing, Stands With Many presents a program of traditional & interactive Cherokee storytelling, and traditional & interactive Cherokee drumming and singing. Selected students will participate in a Cherokee Stomp Dance song and if room and audience size permit, students and teachers will participate in a Round Dance. Traditional stories, such as "How Rabbit Tricked the Wolves", "The First Fire", and "How Wildcat Caught a Turkey" have been developed for child participation and dramatic play. All stories are age appropriate.

Hands-On Arts

FSU students and members of the Alpha Phi Omega have designed several projects to engage children of all ages. These projects are hands on, so be ready to flex your creativity and take something from the festival home to enjoy. FSU students and festival volunteers will assist attendees in making numerous traditional Appalachian toyds and objects including corn husk dolls, dancing men, cat’s eyes and more!

4-H Goat ClubCapering Kids 4-H Goat Club

Capering Kids 4-H Goat Club will host a “goat-painting” area where children can exercise their creative flair painting goat shaped silhouettes. The group will also bring goats and offer milking demonstrations throughout the day. In addition, soaps made form goat’s milk will be available for sale.

4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in the US. Its mission combines fun with education. Through the community of 4-H, youth learn skills they will benefit from forever. No matter the topic, 4-H centers around three focal points: leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is part of the Cooperative Extension System, a nonprofit program operated through each state’s land grant university. The Extension System’s staff operates 4-H offices throughout the counties of each state.