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Kids Fest at Hagood Mill

Come join us at Hagood Mill as we host the 10th annual “Kids Fest” concert and YAMS Talent Show on Saturday, March 18th, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on the historic grounds of Hagood Mill In Pickens SC. 

The event’s emcees and hosts, Gregg “Buffalo” Barfield, Michele Barfield, and Steve McGaha, will present a wide variety of instrument workshops and musical performances for "kids of all ages!" 

Kids and adults alike will be delighted when they stroll through our super informative and hands on "Instrument Petting Zoo!"  What's an instrument petting zoo you ask? It's a wonderful opportunity for "kids of all ages" to get up close and personal with a musical instrument. Whether you’re a two-year-old or 92, “the zoo” will enable you to explore a variety of traditional instruments in a hands-on way.  Adult pickers and YAM students will demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience these instruments under the tent all day.  There will be traditional instruments like guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle, but also many mountain and jug band instruments like spoons, bones, washboards, washtub bass, and many more!

As part of the ongoing tradition of "Instument Workshops at Kidsfest," there will also be a craft table located in the petting zoo where kids can build their own "make & take kazoo" while supplies last!

All kids are invited to participate in the 2nd annual “Mountain Music & Milling Games,” from 12:15 - 1:45 pm.  Teams of kids will take part in a variety of traditional mountain games like Sack Races, Tug-of-War, Jump the Creek, Ball in the Cup, and Wheel Barrow Races....all this, while they complete task within an obstacle course designed to incorporate both musical themed activities and the traditional milling chores associated with running a historic grist mill like Hagood. 

Students in the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program representing many of the area’s schools will be performing throughout the day beginning at 10:45 am and will also include special performances by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids (featuring YAM students).  

At 2:45 p.m. there will be a "Traditional Bluegrass and Old-Time Talent Show" sponsored by the co-host group “Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music” (POSAM). The show is open to all youth, high school age and under.  Registration will be at YAM schools or from 10:30 am - 2:15 pm at Hagood Mill on the day of the festival.

Throughout the day there will be other events to take part in as well.  Volunteers from various Pickens County Fire Departments will be on hand providing kid friendly safety demonstrations along with teaching the proper techniques and safety strategies crucial to survival if confronted with a home fire situation.

The Pickens County Rescue Squad will be performing a “Vehicle Extraction Demonstration” showcasing the essential tools utilized in freeing trapped victims involved in serious automobile accidents.       

The old gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10:00 until 4:00. The water-powered 1845 gristmill is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upstate and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half…the mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits and wheat flour will be available, as well as Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items.

The Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional arts demonstrations each month, including blacksmithing, bowl-diggingflintknapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, bobbin lace,  woodcarving, open-hearth cooking, metal-smithing, leather-working, bee keeping and more! 

This should be a great event.  So, head on out, enjoy some good old southern cooking prepared by the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a day at the Mill. Show your support for Hagood Mill and Pickens County by joining them at this monthly Third Saturday event. 

Hagood Mill operates, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month and is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. Hagood Mill is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.  All proceeds from parking help offset the costs at Hagood Mill.

For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .

Pickens County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



138 Hagood Mill Rd.
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 898-2936
Admission is Free $5 Parking Fee