Flint Hills Folklife Festival

Last Sunday, we attended a Folklife Festival down in Cottonwood Falls.  Vendors dressed in mid-1800’s period costume were demonstrating skills and crafts that were done in that time period. They were set up around the lovely county courthouse and were not only showing how to perform period tasks but also selling the products of their demonstrations. Here are just a few:

Handmade reed baskets:

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Root beer:

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Blacksmithing:

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Handspun wool yarn:

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Spinning yarn with a hand spindle, an ancient way of spinning yarn:

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Hand spindles:

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Braided and woven rugs:

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Beeswax candles:

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Raccoon skin hat:

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Stonecutting:

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Broom Maker:

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We left that day having bought a couple bottles of homemade root beer (yummy!) and a handmade reed basket.

Have you ever attended a festival where heritage crafts were demonstrated?

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