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Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Lunsford Festival is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second oldest folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of cofounder Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Lunsford was a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Through his work he became known as the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 51st year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers. Numerous performances, open jams, workshops, and a ballad and story swap will occur throughout the day. Join us in honoring the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians!

Stay tuned for information about performances and other activities during the festival. For further questions, please contact Leila Weinstein at (828) 689-1115 or lweinstein@mhu.edu.


100 Athletic St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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