Join the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum for our 5th annual signature folklife festival, FOLKFabulous, at the South Carolina State Fair. Built around the yearlong exhibition WELL SUITED: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s® Treme, this year’s FOLKFabulous celebrates the traditions and spirit of Mardi Gras—both in New Orleans and in South Carolina. FOLKFabulous is not an event to simply observe, but an invitation to interact with artists and cultural traditions that make the Palmetto State feel like home. Enjoy hands-on art making, parades, jam sessions, pop-up displays, narrative stages, and demonstrations by some of South Carolina’s most accomplished traditional artists.
Join Marvin and Beverly Gardner as they take you into the world of blacksmithing. Watch and assist Marvin as he turns quarter-inch rods into miniature horseshoes on the anvil!
This live exhibit features an old time creamery where patrons can help prepare cow milk by hand. Children will get a hands-on experience in the process of making butter, ice cream and cheese, using historic tools and machines while embracing the true concept of “home made.”
Street artist and Columbia legend Ernest Lee will be selling his popular chicken paintings as well as other pieces again at this year’s fair. While Lee is widely known for his chicken paintings, his works also include ocean scenes, nature scenes, fish, pets, palmetto trees, portraits – and just whatever comes out of his head.