35th International FolkFest Is Officially Underway!

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The antique truck sets the relaxing mood of another era as you enter the Grove at Williamson Place.
Visitors from Canada, Lithuania and Mexico joined the Cripple Creek Cloggers for an evening of fellowship, dance and music.
Everyone had an opportunity to try some Appalachian style square dancing.
Uncle Shuffalo and his Haint Hollow Hootenanny
Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess met with the local Muslim Youth group. They volunteer to help numerous events across Rutherford County.
Nobody had to ask twice to get the crowd into the food line.
(L-R) Jimmy Cuellar, Steve Cates, and Kareli Montoya. Jimmy and Kareli are directors of Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles. By the way, Jimmy and Kareli plan on getting married soon.
Steve Cates founded the Cripple Creek Cloggers 50-years ago, and that group created the International FolkFest 35-years ago.
Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess and his wife Peggy talk with Steve Cates while gifts are being exchanged.
County Commissioner Chantho Sourinho and friends enjoy the fellowship of the International FolkFest.
Mayor Ernest Burgess and his wife Peggy talk with new friends from the dance troupe from Mexico.
The county mayor and his wife meet with the leaders from the Lithuanian folk group.
Here the visitors from Winnipeg, Canada give gifts to the county.
The Grove at Williamson Place was the perfect venue for an evening of traditional folk music from various countries.
Everyone enjoyed dancing with each other and trying new steps.

The 35th Annual International FolkFest officially began Monday (6/12/2017) night with a Welcome Party at the Grove at Williamson Place.

Dance troupes from Canada, Lithuania and Mexico travel to various locations in the mid-state to share their culture, music and dance. They are hosted by our own Cripple Creek Cloggers, who are celebrating a major milestone--their 50th anniversary.

Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess presented gifts to each international group.

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The majority of those in the room were challenged with verbal communications among each other, but they shared a smile, handshake along with music and dance.

Mayor Burgess noted . . .

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(Time: 25-seconds)

Later WGNS' Bart Walker spoke with the founder Steve Cates . . .

(Time: 2-minutes and 23-seconds)

NOTE: Steve Cates and David Lee will be on WGNS' Action Line Tuesday morning (6/13/2017) from 8:10-8:35AM to tell more about the 35th International FolkFest.

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