City of Salisbury announces plans for 80th National Folk Festival


SALISBURY, Md. – The City of Salisbury announced plans for the 80th annual National Folk Festival Wednesday. “The support for this festival is there. It’s growing and we’re excited that we have a community that believes in this festival, that believes in themselves. We’re proud that we get to do this this year. It’s been a long road, but we can make it through,” said Local Manager for the National Folk Festival Caroline O’Hare.

 The festival will take place in person over the course of 3 days, between September 9th and 12th. Organizers say they’re putting together a brand new line up, along with artist demonstrations, hands on activities, food, drinks, and vendors. “Those are the mechanics of the festival. But what’s so important is the audience and the experience of coming together. That’s what we’re trying to create – a rich foundation, in order to celebrate together and to be together again in 2021,” said Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts Lora Bottinelli.

Of course, social distancing, mask wearing, and other COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place. “We know that pulling this event off is going to have its challenges. We know that it’s going to take a huge group effort and group lift,” said Bottinelli.

 Acting Mayor Julia Glanz says not only is this a great economic opportunity for Salisbury, it will also hopefully bring people together after a difficult year of being stuck at home. “The National Folk Festival is not only a celebration of the traditional arts and our local diverse community, but a catalyst for economic development in Salisbury. We have seen that through new businesses continuing to choose Salisbury, and new events being planned and expanded,” said Acting Mayor Glanz.

Organizers say they’ll be announcing the full line up later this summer. Sponsors like Perdue, TidalHealth, Eastern Shore Distributing, Whiting Turner, Chesapeake Utilities, and Sandpiper Energy are also signing on this year. Plus, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan are serving as honorary co-chairs of the festival.

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