What began just five years ago as not much more than a neighborhood party in Rose Park has blossomed into a four-stage, venue-packing folk festival with a regional draw.
Banjos, guitars, fiddles, beards and mustaches will break out Saturday at Rainbow Lagoon for the fifth annual Folk Revival Festival. Headliners this year are the Memphis band Lucero and country legend Billy Joe Shaver. Lucero anchors the Main Stage lineup while Shaver rules on the Lagoon stage. They’re far from the only entertainment, though, with a whopping 18 bands sharing time during the 11 a.m.-10 p.m. festival.
In addition to the Main and Lagoon stages, there will be the Sanctus Sound Stage with a more local lineup and a honky tonk touch. That includes Janie, Ivory Deville and Katie Jo & The Mijos.
Then there’s the Family Stage. That’s where all the contests will take place, and there are more than ever. In addition to the beard and mustache contests, there’s the Deering Banjo contest. And then there’s the food fights. In addition to the Pie Bar Pie Eating contest, there will be a new Kids Watermelon Eating contest.
In between contests, people can square dance or just enjoy the music of Have More Fun String Band, Hollow Trees and the Hogslop String Band. There’s also a craft bazaar, and plenty of food for purchase.
The hoedown is at Rainbow Lagoon Park, with parking on the Marina Green across the street.
Advance tickets (through Friday) are $30 at www.folkrevivalfestival.com and $40 at the door. Children 12 and younger as well as seniors 75 and…
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