The Whippoorwill Festival in Eastern Kentucky

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The Seventh Annual Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living will take place near the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky.  Tickets are now on sale at
Registration for the 7th Annual Whippoorwill Festival is now open, with early bird pricing thru June 1. Join us! The goal of the Whippoorwill Festival is to promote sustainable living in Appalachia by sharing earth-friendly living skills with one another in a joyful, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere. Join us as we celebrate Appalachian Heritage and traditions while helping to build community resilience in the face of climate change and an uncertain energy future.
Approximately 500 people are expected to attend this year's festival, which will feature dozens of earth-friendly workshops that seek to preserve and honor old-time and Appalachian living traditions. The gathering hosts over 50 workshops teaching topics such as Natural Dyeing, Probiotic Sodas, Wild/Medicinal Plant Walks, Canoeing, Empowering Childbirth, Mushroom Foraging, Appalachian Storytelling, Hide Tanning, Wilderness First Aid, Yoga, Homeschooling, Rocket Stoves, Natural Cordage, Designing Urban Ecosystems, and so much more! This is a family-friendly festival and alcohol use is discouraged. 
This will be our second year in our new location at Lago Linda Hideaways, near Beattyville Kentucky, close to the internationally-famous hiking and rock-climbing mecca, Kentucky's red River Gorge.  Lago Linda features a beautiful swimming lake, a campground with some indoor spaces, and plenty of room for wooded tent camping.  RV sites and beautiful lakeside rental cabins are available at an additional cost.
Featured evening music and performance at the Whippoorwill Festival includes The Local Honeys with Senora May, Nicholas Penn featuring cellist Seth Murphy, Doug Elliott, Big Mamma Joy, circus performers and mountain ballads with Saro Lynch. Evening fires, crafts and trade blankets, and an on-site food vendor are part of the experience!  In order to maximize community accessibility, The Whippoorwill Festival is deliberately low-cost and includes breakfast and dinner.  
This year's festival is headed by a new organizing crew after festival founder Dave Cooper turned ownership of the event to the community in 2015, so there are lots of new ideas and enthusiastic energy.
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Here's a video that shows the spirit of our gathering, at the previous site in 2015. Hope to see you making this year's festival the best it can be!