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For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: May 12, 13, 14, 2017

 

Be Part of Texas History at the 30th General Sam Houston Folk Festival, Huntsville, TX

 

A full cast of costumed characters - including the general himself, his family members, and Deaf Smith, one of Houstonís scouts - act out vignettes and interact with guests. Visitors wonít just be hearing actors describe life in the 1800ís; theyíll be seeing live demonstrations of 19th-century activities up close and personal. Cannon and rifle fire, blacksmithing, glass-blowing, woodworking, cross-stitching and more are on tap from experienced re-enactors like the Cane Island Volunteers.

 

 

 

Huntsville, Texas, February 13, 2017 - Itís no stretch to say Texas may not exist today if not for Sam Houston. Until his incredible victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, Texas, independence was anything but certain. The 30th General Sam Houston Folk Festival (www.gshff.com) celebrates the life and contributions of the military and political legend to the mighty state of Texas by offering festival goers an immersive experience of frontier life in Houstonís day. Held on the 15-acre grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Homestead, this living history event brings the past to life in ways no textbook ever could.

 

The event takes place May 12, 13, and 14 on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Homestead (1836 Sam Houston Avenue, Huntsville, TX 77340). Come for one day or all three and experience the colorful world of the Texas frontier. Admission: adults (13+) $5; children (4-12) $3; and children three and under are free. Event times are: Friday, May 12th, 9am - 3pm; Saturday, May 13th, 10am - 6pm; Sunday, May 14th, 12pm - 5pm.
 
A full cast of costumed characters - including the general himself, his family members, and Deaf Smith, one of Houstonís scouts - act out vignettes and interact with guests. Exhibits and performers representing the people groups of Houstonís day that helped shape present-day Texas culture are also featured, including Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans, the latter in the form of the award-winning Sahawe Indian Dancers.   
 
Guests wonít just be hearing actors describe life in the 1800ís; theyíll be seeing live demonstrations of 19th-century activities up close and personal. Cannon and rifle fire, blacksmithing, glass-blowing, woodworking, cross-stitching and more are on tap from experienced re-enactors like the Cane Island Volunteers, returning to the festival this year after performing at the inaugural event all the way back in 1988. At the Childrenís Tents, kids can play games and make crafts like friendship bracelets, cornhusk dolls, and candles. In addition, this being a folk festival, youíll be treated to live folk, country, and bluegrass music. A hammered dulcimer group and a Celtic string band jam out, as well.
 
Admission to the Folk Festival also includes the 18th Texas State Knife & Tomahawk Championship on Saturday and Sunday staged on the festival grounds. Knife Throwers Hall of Fame world champion Chris Miller and his wife Sarah host the event that crowns a state champion.
 
Join more than a quarter of a million visitors who have journeyed to the event over the years to remember a true Lone Star legend at the last place he called home. 
 
One of the most beloved living history festivals in Texas, the General Sam Houston Folk Festival in Huntsville celebrates the life and accomplishments of General Sam. This yearís event features an exciting mix of returning favorites and new programs that captivate visitors of all ages. Costumed actors regale audiences with accounts of life in the 1800s, trained re-enactors fire 19th-century cannons and rifles, the award-winning Sahawe Indian Dancers dazzle with their energetic moves, and much more.

 

Web: www.gshff.com  

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Scotty Jones Cherryholmes

Email: cherryholmes@earthlink.net

Phone: (936) 436-2518

 

General Sam Houston Folk Festival

Huntsville, Texas

Web: www.gshff.com

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: General Sam Houston Folk Festival

Event Date: May 12, 13, 14, 2017

Event Time: Friday, May 12th, 9am - 3pm; Saturday, May 13th, 10am - 6pm; Sunday, May 14th, 12pm - 5pm.

Event Location: 1836 Sam Houston Ave, Huntsville, TX 77340

Admission: adults (13+) $5; children (4-12) $3; and children three and under are free.

Web: www.gshff.com

Contact: Scotty Jones Cherryholmes, cherryholmes@earthlink.net, (936) 436-2518

Description: The General Sam Houston Folk Festival (www.gshff.com) celebrates the life and contributions of the military and political legend to the mighty state of Texas by offering festival goers an immersive experience of frontier life in Houstonís day. Held on the 15-acre grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Homestead, this living history event brings the past to life in ways no textbook ever could. The event takes place May 12, 13, and 14 on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Homestead (1836 Sam Houston Avenue, Huntsville, TX 77340). Come for one day or all three and experience the colorful world of the Texas frontier. Admission: adults (13+) $5; children (4-12) $3; and children three and under are free. Join more than a quarter of a million visitors who have journeyed to the event over the years to remember a true Lone Star legend at the last place he called home. 

 


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