|Over 70,000 Turn out for MerleFest 2009|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Sunday, 26 April 2009 13:46|
Despite the economy’s pinch on everyone’s wallet, over 70,000 fans turned out for the 2009 installment of MerleFest.
Artists like Travis Tritt, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, Cadillac Sky, and the legendary Doc Watson performed at the various stages on campus at Wilkes Community College.
In a released statement, MerleFest Director, Ted Hagaman, said, “We have had an incredible weekend, with so many dedicated fans taking advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoying a wide range of musical performances. Reports from surveys and interviews with fans tell us that our attendees took advantage of the entertainment value that we take pride in offering every year. With over 95 artists performing on 15 stages over the four days of the festival, in addition to a variety of activities and shopping, there was truly something for everyone. We're grateful to the folks of Wilkes County, to everyone who works here at the college, to all of our volunteers, and of course the fans, for making our 22nd festival another one worthy of the history books.”
Over 75 sponsored helped power the event. Several High Country Radio stations and GoBlueRidge.net were involved in distributing tickets to listeners and viewers.
The event ran from Thursday until Sunday. The yearly celebration of mountain music is held in honor of Doc Watson’s son, and accomplished musician, Merle Watson.
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