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The Appalachian Festival includes dance, food, storytelling, crafts, live music, and a “Mountain Village” living history.

After taking two years off due to COVID, the Appalachian Festival returns to Coney Island for its 51st iteration on May 7-8.

Guests can immerse themselves in Appalachian food, crafts, and lore with events ranging from live music and storytelling to a “Mountain Village” living history.

Vendors will sell everything from pottery and woodworking to cured meat, jewelry and leather goods. Watch the craftsmen demonstrate the caning and weaving of the seats.

A special dance stage will provide entertainment throughout the weekend, with cloggers and Highland dancers. Live music will take place on three stages with Bluegrass bands The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Appalachian Grass and The Tillers headlining. A storybook scene will feature poets, porch pickers, and even an open mic.

For a taste of Appalachia, sample traditional dishes including cookies and gravy, country ham, Blue Ridge bangers, woolly potatoes, cornbread, fudge, and even chocolate moonshine .

The special mountain village will take guests back to the 1800s and feature re-enactors in period attire depicting historic life on the mountain. Watch blacksmiths, spinners and soap makers work and take part in a Native American dance with the All Nation Drum group. This year will also include basket and rope making, Native American hand drumming, beadwork and mountain distillation. On May 8, the village will also host a special mountain church service at 10:30 a.m.

10 a.m.-9 p.m. May 7 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 8. $12; $6 seniors (55+); $3 children (6-11); free 5 years and under. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., CA, appalachianfestival.org.

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