Tallahassee Taloofa: What did you Say?

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Posted at 10:34 PM, May 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-16 22:34:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- The Midtown Merchant's Association came out to play Saturday for the 1st ever Taloofa Fest. The market-styled event was held on Thomasville Road between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

The festival featured musical performances and spotlighted local vendors. It celebrates the designation of Tallahassee as the capital city of Florida close to 200 years ago.

One of the members of the association told WTXL the meaning behind the festival's name.

"Tallahassee Taloofa is actually the original creek name. So when the two writers from St. Augustine and Pensacola decided where they want to meet they pointed on a map that it would be Tallahassee Taloofa. That's actually Old Fields. That's the name of {Midtown}, so we decided if we're celebrating it we should talk about it," said Charlotte Waters.

Tallahassee Taloofa was first identified on a map in 1767 and was classified as "foultown", the name of any Miccosukee village that allowed chickens to roam freely around town.