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50th Anniversary Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival


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The Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival is the second oldest folk festival in the region and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In recognition of the N.C. Arts Council the week-long celebration is nod to our partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina!

Minstrel of Appalachia was started in 1967 as a collaboration of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Lamar Lunsford, and Ed Howard. They hoped to distinguish the Lunsford Festival from other festivals by not only celebrating the region’s finest music, dance, and crafts, but also by creating a space for preservation and authenticity. They created an environment that supported the sharing of knowledge and passion from the older generations to the younger ones, building a space for continuity in the traditions that have been unique to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The evening concert, October 6 at 7 p.m., and daytime stage, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be dedicated to the North Carolina Arts Council's 50th Anniversary. 

Mars Hill University, Mars Hill (Madison County), North Carolina. www.lunsfordfestival.com