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MerleFest seeking volunteers to help prepare WCC grounds

Staff report

February 24, 2013

MerleFest 2013 is seeking volunteers to help prepare the grounds of Wilkes Community College for the festival.


Volunteer workdays will be March 8, March 16 and March 22.


Volunteers will earn a single day general admission pass to MerleFest for every four-hour shift worked. There are a limited number of volunteer spaces for this opportunity. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 336-838-6131.


MerleFest 2013, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 25-28, will feature performances from over 90 artists on 14 stages, along with crafts and activities at the Little Pickers Family Area, shopping opportunities at the Heritage Crafts Tent and the Shoppes at MerleFest, nature walks and many food and beverage stops throughout the festival site on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.


Tickets for MerleFest 2013 can be purchased at www.merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 10, 2013. Additional details about this year’s festival lineup and other MerleFest information can also be found at the website.


MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson who passed away May 29, 2012.


MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles.


The festival hosts over 90 artists, performing on 14 stages during the course of the four-day event.


The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.