Merlefest Boasts Record Attendance
May 3, 2010 at 7:04 AM (PT)
MERLEFEST 2010, which was held APRIL 29th through MAY 2nd on the campus of WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE in WILKESBORO, NC, had over 76,000 people in attendance. APRIL 29th’s attendance was the highest in the festival’s history and the remaining days are estimated to the top three of festival history.
MERLEFEST is the primary fund-raiser for WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE and funds scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.
Artists who performed this year included DIERKS BENTLEY, JOEY & RORY, DOC AND RICHARD WATSON, SUSANA AND TIMMY ABELL, THE AVETT BROTHERS, THE BELLEVILLE OUTFIT, SAM BUSH BAND, CADILLAC SKY, ELVIS COSTELLO, JOHN COWAN BAND, DAILEY & VINCENT, DONNA THE BUFFALO, JERRY DOUGLAS, THE DUHKS, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, THE GREENCARDS, JOHN HAMMOND, WAYNE HENDERSON, THE KRUGER BROTHERS, JIM LAUDERDALE, THE LOVELL SISTERS, TONY RICE, PETER ROWAN, STEEP CANYON RANGERS, THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS, RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE, W.P.A. and WYLIE AND THE WILD WEST.
Festival director TIM HAGAMAN said: “What a weekend this has been! With over 100 artists playing on 15 stages, representing everything from bluegrass and blues, to gospel, country and Americana, we feel that we succeeded again in giving our festival guests a great value for their entertainment dollars. We deeply appreciate the support of the great folks of WILKES COUNTY, everyone who works here at the college, and of course our volunteers and fans, for making this all possible.”
For more information, visit www.merlefest.org.