Folkmoot Festival fundraiser is May 30

May 20, 2014
Photo by: Donated FOLKMOOT FESTIVAL — The 31st Folkmoot Festival will take place July 18–27. Participants can watch and visit with dancers and performers from different countries.

Folkmoot USA is proud to present the 31st Folkmoot Festival, July 18 – 27. One of the region’s most popular annual events, the 10-day Folkmoot Festival has an economic impact of $9.2 million, attracting thousands of people to Western North Carolina from across the United States.

To raise funds for this year’s festival, Folkmoot USA invites the community to attend the Funtastic Folkmoot Fling from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Sid’s on Main in Canton. Tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, live and silent auction and a cash bar. This fundraiser is sponsored in part by John Highsmith, DDS.; Peggy Melville, Shepperd Insurance, ReMax Mountain Realty; Johnny On The Spot; Greene Brothers and Smoky Mountain News.

Volunteer groups and individuals are still needed to prepare the Folkmoot Center for the festival. Active volunteers are painting rooms, making up beds and tidying up in anticipation of the international guests’ arrivals on July 17. Individuals or groups that would like to help are asked to contact Doug Garrett at 452-2997. This event would not be possible without the generous help of volunteers.

Colorfully costumed traditional dancers and musicians traveling to the USA from different countries are the centerpiece of North Carolina’s Official International Folklore Festival. Continuing a tradition spanning three decades, about 250 performers from nine cultures will perform at 14 different venues in seven counties throughout Western North Carolina.

Folkmoot means “meeting of the people” in old English and Folkmoot’s mission includes providing opportunities for cultural exchange. Audiences are invited to meet the performers before and after performances and during other festival events. This year, dancers and musicians from Chinese Taipei, Trinidad, Colombia, Russia, Turkey, Romania, and Hawaii, along with groups representing Appalachian and Cherokee cultures, are expected to perform.

New in this year — Children 12 and under will be admitted free to the majority of performances.

Everyone can celebrate and support Folkmoot USA programs by becoming a member through the Friends of Folkmoot Program. All donations support free events for kids and families and support the international guests during their stay in Waynesville at the Folkmoot Friendship Center.

For more information, to purchase tickets or see a preliminary schedule of events, visit www.FolkmootUSA.org or call 877-FolkUSA (877-365-5872).

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