Sucarnochee Folklife Festival


The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival (SFF) celebrates eleven years of featuring the unique life ways of Alabama’s Black Belt on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Livingston at the Sumter County Courthouse Square.

The festival slogan for this year is “Feel the Vibe, Chew the Fat, Live the Tradition,” as the SFF joins the Alabama Tourism Department’s “The Year of Alabama BBQ” theme celebrating deep roots of barbeque in Alabama— from secret sauces to cooking techniques passed down from generation to generation.

“In recognition of the state tourism department’s barbeque theme, the Festival is proud to announce a special ‘Gone Hog Wild’ BBQ Blue Ribbon Category,” said the University of West Alabama’s (UWA) Center for the Study of the Black Belt Executive Director Dr. Tina Naremore Jones. “This division of the contest involves all things BBQ, except the meat. We are putting a twist on traditional barbeque contest by welcoming the very best food submissions of traditional BBQ “fixins,” such as potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and barbeque sauce. There is also a ‘Best of Show’ award for the most unique and best tasting food item using barbeque sauce— anything goes as long as the food entry includes barbeque sauce.”

Traditional Blue Ribbon Contests for this year include the annual Cornbread Cook-off, pie baking and canned goods categories.

“The Blue Ribbon Contests tie back to the original goal of the festival and why it began- as a way to teach people about traditions and customs of the Black Belt region and keep them alive for future generations,” explained Jones. “In addition, as these competitions are held, we add to the stories of the Black Belt that are share.”

“We want to encourage people interested in the Blue Ribbon competition to begin working now on their entries,” said Jones. “Although held the third Saturday in April, the Festival will be here before we know it; some categories require early preparation and practice.”

A day of great music is also in store for festival attendees with The Sucarnochee Revue live stage show including the sounds of host Jacky Jack White and his guests Apostles Creed teenage rock sensations, Nashville Bound artists Hallie Nolan and Amna Tamburello, bluegrasser Allen Tolbert, roots singer J. Burton Fuller and rhythm and soul singers the Sucarnochee Stagehands. Music also continues through the afternoon with University of West Alabama talent in the special “UWA Spotlight” performances.

The Black Belt Museum’s Living History Camp will also be demonstrated at the Festival where visitors will explore the life of a 1740s French Marine from Fort Tombecbe, 18th century Botanist William Bartram and an early 19th century Cherokee Woman. Dr. Alan Brown will also treat attendees to the annual Ghost Walk Tour later in the evening.

All are invited to the courthouse square to participate in Festival fun. Family enjoyment is offered to those of all ages as music, food, storytelling, art, and much more are shared throughout the day.

Other sponsors of the event include the University of West Alabama, Black Belt Museum, UWA Fine Arts Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Department of Tourism, City of Livingston and the Sumter County Commission. For information on the Sucarnochee Folklife Festival, call (205) 652-3828, email, or click below to download Blue Ribbon contest forms.

Please click below for all Festival event forms.

Event Poster & Schedule

Vendor Application Form

UWA Spotlight Performer Form

Cornbread Cook-Off

Hog Wild BBQ Fixin’s

Home Canning

Pie Baking

Fun Color Run Flyer

Living History Camp

© 2016 Center for the Study of the Black Belt