MerleFest runs September 16-19 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, and there have been a couple of changes to the line up and organizers remind all who plan to attend to either prove they are fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID test before entering the festival.

The Ashe Post and Times reports that those who are vaccinated or with proof of negativity, will be required to wear a "Well Bracelet"f or the entire time you are at the festival. In addition, Due to unforseen circumstances, The Milk Carton Kids and We Banjo 3 will not be appearing as scheduled at MerleFest, and will be replaced in the lineup by Shawn Colvin and Gangstagrass, respectively.

Shawn Colvin, along with David Childers, will replace Milk Carton Kids as judges in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.

Additionally, Andy May’s annual MerleFest Acoustic Kids Showcase will no longer be held for the health and safety of its young participants.

You can get more information on tickets and COVID protocols online at