From the Annals of the Festivals – In 1972, the first Texas Folklife Festival was held at the at the Institute of Texan Cultures on the former Hemisfair site in San Antonio. The Texas festival was modeled after the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival. On behalf of the Institute of Texan Cultures, O.T. Baker attended the first Smithsonian Folklife Festival and decided to replicate the event in San Antonio. The inaugural Texas Folklife Festival was held from September 7-10, 1972. Baker deserves full credit as the founder and initial director of the TFF which is world renown and has received numerous international, regional and local awards.
Red has only been to the TFF once, but was very impressed by the fact that no one was there trying sell you something.