Annual festival celebrates 41 years

The annual Black Belt Folk Roots Festival celebrated its 41st anniversary on the old courthouse square in Eutaw, AL on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28. The festival, produced by the Society of Folk Arts & Culture, brings together bearers of the culture, lifting the folk traditions of quilting, basketweaving, jewelry and doll making and sundry other home decorative items. The foodways, including soul food dinners, barbecue, Polish sausage, fish, pork skins, cakes, pies, funnel cakes, shaved ice and more tasty eats, represent local delicacies. The festival goers are planted in their seats under the great tent enjoying the ole timey blues on Saturday and ole timey gospel on Sunday. Many groups schedule family and class reunions as well as vacations in the area to coincide with the annual festival activities. The photos above show Ms. Mattie Dunning with her homemade quilts and Burley and Liz Daniel with the Son of Zion Gospel group. S