Berea College Welcomes the 81st Annual Mountain Folk Festival

The 81st annual Mountain Folk Festival begins tomorrow, Friday April 1, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and continues Saturday, April 2, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Most activities will be held in Seabury Center or in nearby facilities on campus. Registration for this festival is $30 per dancer.

Started in 1935 as part of a Berea College outreach program, the Festival has trained a multitude of dancers and leaders of dance who have carried on folk traditions. The Mountain Folk Festival features traditional music and dance from Denmark, Appalachia and other areas that are taught to children from fourth grade through high school. This event has been held every year except for one year during World War II.

Country Dancers at the Mountain Folk Festival in 2014

The purpose of this festival is to educate the next generation about the joy of dance and to continue an 80-year long tradition of folk dance at Berea College. For more information, call 859-985-3142 or visit

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Tags: Appalachia, Mountain Folk Festival, music

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.