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The Countdown Is On To the National Folk Festival in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - We are two weeks away from the start of the 79th National Folk Festival and organizers are busy putting together the finishing touches. 

"We have our festival operations crew that have set up camp over on lot 10," local manager Caroline O'Hare says. "They're building things and platforms, and getting things ready for our other crews to come in the next week to start building tents and stages."

O'Hare says they still need volunteers at stations like merchandise and music logging, where volunteers get to record and document the performances. 

"All that information goes to the Library of Congress so we want to be able to supply the Library of Congress with complete performances," O'Hare says. 

The third area is the bucket brigade. Organizers say this tradition has helped fund raise for the free festival. It's a task that Salisbury mayor Jake Day says he's ready to take on.

"You literally, at the beginning and end of shows, you're asking people to put money in or pledge cards in a bucket," Day says. "As much as that can be uncomfortable, it can also be a ton of fun."

Organizers held a public safety gathering Friday, making sure everyone is on the same page. 

"We are obviously working very closely with police, fire, emergency responders and those groups to make this a safe and secure festival. We've been doing that for months, and months, and months," O'Hare says. "I'm amazed at the amount of people that come together to work on this because they know what it's doing for our community is so important."

The city is also making progress of its own. Day says construction downtown is set to finish before the festival and some areas will finish up even sooner. 

"All of these things will reach a finishing point. They're starting to," Day says. "Main street will be open as of Monday so we're excited that all those projects are coming to fruition."

All of this to help ring in the festival's second year in Salisbury.

"The response has been so much bigger this year. I'm excited to see how much larger this festival is going to get this year," O'Hare says. 

As the countdown continues on, excitement for the three-day festival builds.

"I'm looking forward to something I experience last year, which is a rarity for me, which is seeing my city through the eyes of a tourist," Day says. "The weekend of is all about being present -- experiencing the environment, experiencing the shows, experiencing the various displays and vendors."

The festival runs from September 6th to the 8th. O'Hare says they'll be holding a volunteer rally on Sept. 4th. If you'd like to sign up to volunteer, you can do it online. Visit: www.shoregetconnected.org

 

 

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