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Ike Yakim demonstrates the art of preparing oak splints for basketmaking
Ike Yakim demonstrates the art of preparing oak splints for basketmaking at Cityfolk Festival, June 1999 Photo: Michelle Maloney

Cityfolk Festival

This June festival, held in an eight-block area in downtown Dayton, brought more than a hundred of the country's finest folk musicians, dancers, and craftspeople together for three days to showcase their arts and crafts.

During the festival, Chinese folk dancers and musicians periodically led lion dance parades through the streets. Special venues during the festival included a family arts center where children made banners, and an Ohio craft masters program. On the courthouse stage, a variety of musical and dance genres performed. Among the variety of music was Dayton's Rhythm in Shoes, the Native American ensemble Ulali, the Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra, and the French Canadian Celtic musicians, Bourque, Bernard and Lepage. The dance pavilion was among the most popular venues, especially when zydeco, ska, and Latin music were performed. Other highlights were the 45-member gospel singers, the Delegation Mass Choice; and cowboy poet, humorist, and singer Gary McMahan.

Documentation includes 10 slides and a five-page report.

Originally submitted by: Tony P. Hall, Representative (3rd District).



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