Celebrate the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Highlands Hammock State Park at the 32nd Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival!
Scheduled for Saturday, November 11, the festival will honor returning CCC Alumni and features an antique car show, arts and crafts vendors, tram rides, pony rides, children's activities, and heritage craft demonstrations such as blacksmithing, pinecone quilting and pine needle basketry. Community non-profit exhibitors representing historical and environmental/nature organizations and government agencies are also featured.
Highlands Hammock is “home” to the state of Florida CCC Museum and the festival is the park’s signature event. The “CCC Boys” and their families are "welcomed home" annually on the second Saturday of November. Dr. David J. Nelson, Professor of History, Bainbridge State College, Bainbridge, Georgia, is the featured special guest speaker. A former Florida park ranger and state archivist, he is the author of “Florida Crackers and Yankee Tourists: The Civilian Conservation Corps, the Florida Park Service and the Emergence of Modern Tourism.”
Other highlights for this year's festival include the following: Former Ranger and CCC Museum Curator Darrel Smith will be reflecting on those “Another Day, Another Dollar” times through his living history narrative, “The Best of Times, Worst of Times,” based on oral history interviews with CCC alumnus Velmar Mack. CCC Museum Curator and Florida Humanities Council scholar, David Schmidt will focus on the Works Project Administration (WPA) and the buildings, construction and murals that were completed in Florida in his program “The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida.” Florida Highwaymen artists Roy McLendon, Roy McLendon, Jr., Mary Ann Carroll, and Curtis Arnett will be exhibiting and selling their paintings.
As always, the CCC Festival features a great day of music! In addition to that sweet and sassy old time string band, Back Porch Revival, featured bands include Scotty and Mandy Kromel (Gospel and Country), Larry Mangum (Folk, Country and Americana) and Jackson Creek (Folk, Bluegrass, Fiddle and Old Time Dance and Western Music). Plan to spend the whole day and listen to the bands close out the festival with an all bands jamboree! Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.
Park entrance is free on Veterans Day! There are no additional admission fees and/or festival presentation fees.
Please review the following participation requirements by clicking on the following links: EEC CCC FESTIVAL OUTDOOR TALKS PRESENTATIONS CONCERTS and EEC CCC FESTIVAL INDOOR TALKS PRESENTATIONS.