MerleFest is underway at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

The event runs Thursday through Sunday, featuring Kris Kristofferson, Robert Earl Keen, Bela Fleck and Abigal Washington, the Kruger Brothers, the Steep Canyon Rangers & Friends with Steve Martin, and many more - well over 100 artists on 13 stages over four days.

After a rainy start to the week, and Thursday night's rain, the weather for the rest of the festival looks to be dry and pleasant.

For tickets and a full schedule, go online to You can also find out more by calling 1-800-343-7857.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will serve as the official medical provider at MerleFest. Members of the Triad State Medical Assistance Team (SMAT), hosted by Wake Forest Baptist, will work with Wilkes County EMS to provide medical care to people attending the festival.

The SMAT personnel will set up and staff a mobile medical unit and also operate an EMS all-terrain vehicle, allowing them to quickly respond to illnesses or injuries during the event.

Wake Forest Baptist also will provide health and wellness-related materials at the festival including information about the services available at Wake Forest Baptist Health–Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro and tips about children’s health, injury prevention and other topics.

Last July, Wake Forest Baptist began a long-term lease of what had been known as Wilkes Regional Medical Center.