A Look at Deep Roots Festival’s Yesterdays, Todays, and Tomorrows

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2016 Deep Roots Festival schedule activities and times.

The Deep Roots Festival takes place in Milledgeville, Georgia, and is an annual event that draws people in from near and far. In 2016, it was held on Saturday October 22nd, and the music lineup it’s most known for, it doubles as a daytime festival, hosting games, shows, and a barbecue competition. The event began in 2000 with the original name of Sweetwater Festival, but that was changed in 2008 when there was a complaint from a brewery in Atlanta by the same name. Regardless, Deep Roots continued to prosper from the attraction and enthusiasm it gathered and has been helping local businesses from the profit it accrues in a single day.

As noted earlier, this is a day-long affair. Deep Roots goes from 10 am to midnight and begins with art demonstrations and exhibits. Entertainment such as live music, dancing, Mark The Magic Man, and Piccadilly Puppets perform on the Community Stage throughout the day. At night, the festival changes into more of a concert. This year’s festival had performances from Kyshona Armstrong, Cranford Hollow, Amasa Hines, Shawn Mullins, and Judah & the Lion. Because it’s such a draw locally and regionally, we’ve decided to do something that hasn’t been done in Special Collections before: We’re creating an online exhibit that will be archived and available in perpetuity. We learned to set up Twitter Archive Google Sheets (best known in the archiving world as TAGS), and are running searches on @deeprootsfestiv, #drf16, #deeproots, and #deeprootsfestival. In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to use Omeka to create a digital exhibit of photos, tweets, and Facebook posts for this year’s festival – something we want to continue in future years.

Works Cited

Cain, Alexander. “Deep Roots Committee Meets for the First Time since Name Change.” The Union-Recorder. N.p., 14 May 2009. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.

“Deep Roots Festival 2016.” Deep Roots Festival 2016. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.

“Deep Roots Festival.” Milledgeville Main Street. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.

 

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