Mule Ferguson tells us how the first Merlefest started and what things led to it being a year event!’
It is easy to get caught up in the moment at Merlefest. Beautiful music playing from all over the venue, exciting vendors to visit and smiling folks everywhere you look. Here are some of my favorite photos I captured over the first day of Merlefest. Personally, I was focused more on video and capturing those moments of Merle (you’ll see the end product soon enough!)
It is difficult to put into words what MerleFest is and what the four days around the last weekend in April are all about, but here goes….
This year we get to enjoy again what many people consider to be the best outdoor Bluegrass/ Americana music festival in the world. Held annually on the campus of Wilkes Community College (Harvard on the Yadkin, as the locals call it), the festival that began on the back of a flatbed truck in 1988 has evolved into a campus wide, multi-stage music extravaganza. The festival is held in honor of Merle Watson, the deceased son of Doc Watson who was killed in a farming accident. Merle was a devoted musician who loved to play the guitar with Doc. For more information on Merle and the history of the festival, please visit www.merlefest.org.
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