After a ten year hiatus, between 2000 and 2011, the Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival is back for the third year in a row. Sponsored by Vision 2020, the Folk Medicine Festival is an opportunity for the community to embrace it’s history, artisans, farmers, herbalists and craftsmen.
This year’s festival was larger than any of it’s predecessors, at least in recent years. More than thirty vendors set up booths along the parkway. Non-stop music ranging from bluegrass to gospel was on-going on the front porch of The Palace. Presentations by Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer, Ila Hatter, the Lady of the Forest, Reflexologist Gaye Smart, Yoga instructor Corrie Entwistle and Macon County Archivist and Historian Randy East were held throughout the day in the Armour Hotel. Food vendors were plentiful with fare ranging from kettlecorn to cornbread to cobbler.
Rita Watson, Vision 2020 secretary said this year had one of the largest turn-outs in the festival’s history. “We have a ball doing it,” she said, “and it’s grown each year.” The theme, she explained, “is to educate people on the folk life, the rich history, what some would call the better way of living, the way our ancestors used to do things.”
Whatever it was and is currently, the Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival is fun. Everyone who participated or attended on Saturday, had a smile to share with a neighbor.