INTERNATIONAL FOLKFEST is here now through Sunday, June 15th, as Murfreesboro welcomes folk dance groups from Czech Republic, Hungary, and Mexico. Of course, our own world ambassadors, the Cripple Creek Cloggers are not only sponsoring this week of cultural exchange, but they will also perform.
Mon., June 9 - 10 a.m. - Mexico troupe will be at the Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road; Smyrna, TN
6:45 p.m. - All groups perform - Williamson Co. Ag Expo Park, 4210 Long Lane, Franklin, TN
(above photo) Don't miss the colorful outfits and exciting dancing from the Mexican troupe
Tues, June 10 - 10 a.m. - Hungarian troupe at the St. Clair Senior Citizens Center, 325 St. Clair St., Murfreesboro
Tues., June 10 - 10 a.m. - Czech Republic troupe at the La Vergne Senior Citizens, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne, TN
Thur., June 12 - 10 a.m. - Czech Republic troupe at the Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St,, Murfreesboro
(above photo) The entire dance troupe visiting Murfreesboro from the Czech Republic.
Fri., June 13 - 7 p.m. - Dekalb County Community Center, Smithville, TN
Sat., June 14 - 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - All groups perform - East Side, Courthouse Square, Murfreesboro, TN ( Bring your own lawn chair!)
6 p.m. - All groups perform - Bell Buckle Banquet Hall, Bell Buckle, TN
Cripple Creek Cloggers
And of course, our own Cripple Creek Cloggers, who got their start as the Kittrell 4-H Square Dancers, are again hosting this event. They were started by local educator Steve Cates in June, 1967. In fact, Cates still leads the group of older teens and adults of all ages on tours throughout the world. They perform the high-charged Appalachian style dancing with colorful costumes and all set to a toe tapping beat that makes it impossible to stay still. The group acts as worldwide goodwill ambassadors for the mid-state.
To see if you would enjoy visiting around the world and having fun sharing the folk history of this area, attend one of the Cripple Creek Clogger's rehearsals that are most Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30PM at the old Social Security office at 220 East Vine Street, beside the downtown Murfreesboro Fire Department and across from First Baptist's gym.
If you have any questions, please contact FolkFest Director Steve Cates at 615 896 3559 or cell 615 542 4162.