Twice a year, in April and October, the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival in Perry, GA, delights visitors with a celebration of country fun and “the way things used to be.” The festival has been named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and is a favorite of Middle Georgians.
Live music, folk art, home-style country cooking, hayrides, and magic & ventriloquism performances are all part of the weekend-long jamboree. “Ole Timers” are on hand throughout the event to teach traditional craft activities like soap and candle making, how to make a bullwhip or broom, and basket-weaving. Music aficionados will appreciate lessons on how to build, and play, a dulcimer, one of Appalachia’s most beloved instruments.
Skilled craftspeople from more than 20 states attend the festival to showcase their wares and skills. Pottery, jewelry, painting, leather goods, basketry, and handmade rugs are just a few of the many displays featured. Nationally-recognized artists such as Ernie Mills – whose hand-carved decoys are in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution – demonstrate their work and answer questions from wannabe artisans.
The Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival is 24 miles south of Macon, accessible from exit 142 or 138 off I-75.