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Food vendors, artisans, and environment and wellness leaders are invited to apply for a booth to help celebrate the 10th annual Ferdinand Folk Festival on September 21. Guidelines, rules, fee schedule, and applications are available at ferdinandfolkfestival.com or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
"It's great to see the festival grow over the years," stated Ryan Zaricki of Whole Sun Designs Inc. "With the Tent Talks and the diversity of educators, the Folk Fest has fostered a lot of environmental awareness in the region."
Kevin Fritz of KJF Pottery added, "The Folk Fest quickly became a world class event! It is a friendly and laid-back environment that is well organized and enriching to vendors and participants alike." Both Zaricki and Fritz have been involved from year one in 2010.
Organizers have announced the festival's music line-up, the singer-songwriter contest is accepting submissions through July 1, and the festival's diverse and exciting activities are being finalized. The free, homegrown festival will again offer extensive, fun, and educational activities for children and all ages.
This year’s co-presenting sponsors are Best Home Furnishings and MasterBrand Cabinets. The sponsor of the main stage is NextEra Energy Resources. Founding sponsors are Town of Ferdinand, Ferdinand News, and DC Broadcasting/101 Country WBDC. Publication of additional sponsors will be forthcoming.
For additional information and updates, visit the festival website and Facebook.

Getting to Know the Dubois County Humane Society

3:00 – 3:45, North Tent

by a member of the Humane Society

FFF 2018 Humane JoelLearn about all the exciting and beneficial activities happening with the Dubois County Humane Society and maybe even meet a canine friend or two. They will have a team out and about in the park all day during the Folk Fest. Their mission is to educate the community about the services the organization offers and introduce festival patrons to dogs hoping to be adopted into loving, forever homes. In addition to mingling with the crowd, the Humane Society will also have a booth where snacks (for humans) will be sold and a photo booth where folks can have their picture taken with their favorite pet or one they might adopt.

Fun Facts about the Tesla Model 3

3:00 – 3:45, near Market Stage

 by Ryan Zaricki

FFF 2018 Tent Talk Ryan Zaricki TeslaNear the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage, get an up close and personal look at Ryan Zaricki’s brand new Tesla Model 3, which travels 310 miles per charge. An avid follower of the latest technologies and trends in both the solar and automobile industries, Ryan will share interesting info for auto enthusiasts and anyone interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle.

As lithium ion technology keeps improving (cell phones, computer tablets/laptops, power tools, etc.), it was only a matter of time that the technology would evolve into home and car-based battery systems. The Tesla Model 3 is on the cutting edge of that battery revolution. Made in the USA with a range of 310 miles per charge, this Tesla model is pushing the envelope of what is possible in electric transportation. 

South Spencer and Rose Hulman honors graduate Ryan Zaricki is owner and manager of Whole Sun Designs, a leading installer of residential solar in the state, including many systems in and around Ferdinand.

Bicycling across the US

4:00 – 4:45, North Tent

 by Danny Schnell

FFF 2018 Tent Talk Danny SchnellCross country bicyclist Danny Schnell from Schnellville began his journeys in 1982. He has ridden from Indiana to all 48 states in the contiguous US. He has also taken a European trip and has traveled in part of Canada. In 1999 he put his back wheel in the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles, CA, and when the year 2000 rolled in, he rode into the Atlantic Ocean at Daytona Beach, FL. A recent trip to New Orleans raised awareness and funds for the Indiana Donor Network Foundation. From his unique perspective on highways and backroads, Danny will share highlights of the people and places he has experienced, and lessons learned along the way.

Alpaca: From Wool to Yarn

2:00, South Tent

 by Kristin Ems

FFF 2018 Tent Talk Kristin EmsKristin Ems and her husband, Willie, bought their first alpacas in 2001. Willie had farmed and raised cattle, and Kristin had an interest in fiber arts. Starting with five alpacas, they bred them to generate excellent fiber and conformation and at one time had a herd of 31 alpacas. 

Kristin will share some insights on alpacas and explain how she has used the fiber to make yarn, both hand spinning and processing through a fiber mill. Examples of the various stages of fiber processing will be exhibited and explained. Kristin’s career was in laboratory medicine and hospital administration.

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