If you’ve never been to Brasstown you might miss it as you drive through if you’re not paying close attention. It’s more of a wide place in the road than a town.
The main drag of Brasstown consists of the stores you see in the photo-most are filled with amazing art and other handmade items crafted by folks from the area; the Brasstown post office is just beyond the stores off to the left; and just behind the camera shot is Clay’s Corner and the John C. Campbell Folk School.
There are two times a year our small abode of Brasstown becomes over run with a mass influx of people. One of the events takes place every New Year’s Eve when Clay’s Corner hosts The Possum Drop. I’ve never attended the event but folks pour into the area by the thousands. I hear it’s big doings.
The second time of the year is coming up this weekend when The John C. Campbell Folk School will hold its annual Fall Festival on October 1 & 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12.
Over the two day event literally thousands of people visit Brasstown. The preparation, execution, and clean-up of the festival is really an amazing thing to see up close.
Weeks before the festival I start noticing the folk school is getting ready. By the day before the festival the whole area has been transformed with ornate ticket booths, streamers, signs, pumpkins, flowers, corn stalks, and even stakes driven beside the road ways to keep folks from parking where they shouldn’t. Then it happens! The festival is full of amazing crafters, artists, exhibits, musicians, dancers, food, and a whole lot more-including thousands of people criss-crossing the folk school grounds. As soon as the festival ends the folk school gets right to work putting every thing back like it was and by the end of next week it’ll be like it never even happened. The folk school has the hosting a festival thing down pat.
If you’re planning on attending the JCCFS’s Fall Festival I’ll offer a few tips in case you’ve never been before.
- traffic can be extremely heavy so if you plan to be at the festival to catch a certain performance you will need to allow for extra driving time
- the festival is spread over a large area which means you may be walking a far piece from where you park
- most of the walking will be on trails so sturdy shoes will be your best choice of foot-wear
- there aren’t any ATMs and while many vendors are able to accept plastic you may run into a few who can only take cash
- there are many food vendors to choose from so if you want to make a day of it you don’t have to worry about going hungry
Chatter and Chitter will be clogging with the Kudzu Kickers on the Festival Barn Stage at 1:20 p.m on Saturday October 1st and they’ll also be performing as The Pressley Girls on the Festival Barn Stage at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday October 2nd.
If you make it to the festival PLEASE come up and say hello!