Merlefest begins tomorrow. Merlefest is a four day music festival held in memory of Merle Watson. He was Doc Watson's son, and was killed in an accident. This is, if I am correct, the 26th year of the festival. It is held on the campus of Wilkes County Community College, in the town of North Wilkesboro, NC. I generally do not go to festivals, except this one. It is a very well managed festival. Bags are checked at the gate, and no alcohol, glass bottles, or pets are allowed. Volunteers do a very good job of keeping trash cans emptied, the grounds clean, and vending areas restocked. The music is mostly bluegrass, but there is also blues, celtic, Cajun , etc. Most of the food vendors are civic groups, and everything I've eaten has been reasonably priced, and reasonably good. There are several stages, with performances throughout the day at each stage. My favorite areas are the "Traditional Stage" and the large instrument tent, where vendors have instruments on display. I've never seen a classical guitar there, but there are vendors that have a few classical guitar strings, and usually they are happy to get rid of them at ridiculously low prices!
Has anyone else been? ....or plan to go?
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