National Folk Festival Kicked off its 2nd Day in High Spirits

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SALISBURY, Md.- It was a day full of live entertainment, art work, and food in downtown Salisbury. The National Folk Festival kicked off its second day to showcase the appreciation of arts in the community.

When you come to the folk festival in Salisbury, you are surrounded by a sea of people. They are all gathered for live music, artwork, children's activities and of course some tasty food. 

For first time goer Danielle Pall, she says this event is a way to showcase Salisbury. 

"The folk festival has a lot of attraction; I get to see a lot of cool things, that I have never seen before. It's cool seeing a lot of people who have never been here before or in the area. It's just nice to have a lot of people come and see the attractions and what Salisbury has to offer" explains Pall. 

The 79th Folk Festival is back for a 2nd year in a row. It brings people from all over the world. Diane Windsor and her husband Michael made the trip from Pennsylvania. They said it was the food calling their name. 

"I had the pit turkey sandwich and he had the pit beef. It has a nice smokey flavor and it's very good, nicely cooked. I highly recommend it" announces Windsor. 

This event is spread out over three days and it comes together by the hands of volunteers. Yousuf Alnaseri is a senior at James Bennett High School in Salisbury. He is the president for the Leo Club, where he volunteers at events like the folk festival to serve his community. Alnaseri is selling kettle popcorn to raise money for people who can't afford service dogs. He says it's a way he can give back to his hometown. 

"I think our service definitely stands out in the community, and it helps way more than people think" explains Alnaseri. 

The folk festival had many pieces of art displayed for the public. Kids were in awe of the "Plastic Fantastic," a 13-foot geodesic dome. Folk festival organizers collected 4,625 water bottles to show the importance of clean water on Delmarva. 

The festival not only attracts art lovers, but all music lovers. Colleen Hughes is a former musician. She loves coming to the folk festival and being reminded of the good old days. Hughes says she loves walking around and listening to genres from all over the world. 

"I started out listening to a group from Central America and then I wandered around a little bit. I then ended up at a zydeco group and then here I am listening to someone playing the piano. It's just the fact that it's not one type of music, I love that you get a taste of different things" explains Hughes. 

As the crowd cheers it's a reminder of the lasting memories made at the 79th National Folk Festival. 

Organizers of the folk festival say Salisbury will host the National Folk Festival for one more year, after which the Salisbury event will be rebranded as the Maryland Folk Festival. 

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