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Stilt walkers from FranceCelebrate 30 years of Folkmoot world music and dance July 17-28

What global organization has hosted 8,000 people from countries all over the world and has pumped 120 million tourism dollars into the local economy over the past 30 years? Many wonderful events happen throughout the western part of North Carolina, but none can compare to Folkmoot USA’s impact on the communities in this region. Citizens and visitors count on the Folkmoot Festival to provide entertainment, education and those important tourism dollars each year.

Folkmoot USA’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are planning this special 30th Anniversary Festival to take place July 17 – 28. Guest performers from Mexico, Thailand, Slovakia, Japan, Canada (Scottish Highland Dance), Martinique, Poland, France (stilt-walkers), local clogging groups and musicians, and The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians official ambassadors — The Warriors of Anikituwah, will appear. Although most performances are centered in Haywood County, Folkmoot can be experienced in 12 cities, including Waynesville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Franklin, Burnsville and Hickory. Come out and support local cultural favorites: Dixie Darlin’s, Southern Appalachian Cloggers, Southern Mountain Fire, Green Valley Cloggers and J-Creek Cloggers. One or more of these groups will be appearing at seven Haywood County performances throughout the Festival. See the following schedule which will also be posted on the Folkmoot website.

JapanThe Gala Preview Performance and Champagne Reception for Friends of Folkmoot members, donors and sponsors will be held at Maggie Valley’s Stompin’ Ground on Thursday, July 18. This all-group performance is filmed each year with DVDs offered for sale during the Festival. For a Friends of Folkmoot membership of $150, patrons receive two Gala tickets; 4 tickets for $250; 8 tickets for $500; or 8 tickets for $1000 plus an invitation to a special private Folkmoot performance with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Pick up a brochure or go online to FolkmootUSA. org to learn more about Friends of Folkmoot.

Folkmoot USA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies upon donations, sponsorships, Friends of Folkmoot members, ticket sales and grants to hold the Folkmoot Festival each year, and is based in Waynesville, N.C.

Folkmoot has held the title “Top Twenty Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society for 22 years and was named a “Top 100 Event” by the American Bus Association.

SlovakiaFor more information, or to purchase tickets, go to www.FolkmootUSA.org or call 877- FolkUSA (877-365-5872). Like us on Facebook— check out our new page: “Folkmoot USA, The "Official" North Carolina International Folk Festival.”

Following is a portion of the event schedule:

— July 19, F-1:00 pm — Parade of Nations, Waynesville. Court House to Main Street, Free Event.

— July 19, F-7:30 pm — Grand Opening, Stompin’ Ground, Maggie Valley. (All Groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; General admission $20; Children, 12 & under, half price.

— July 20, SA-10:00am-5:00pm — Haywood County Arts Council’s International Festival Day, Main Street, Waynesille. Folkmoot groups perform to benefit Haywood County Arts Council. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)452-0593.

— July 22, M-7:30 pm — Western Carolina University, Fine & Performing Arts Center, Cullowhee (3 Groups) Adults $18; Faculty $15; Students & Children (12 & under) $5.

— July 23, T-7:30 pm — Swain High School, Bryson City. (3 Groups) Adults $16; Children, 12 & under, half price.

— July 25, TH-7:30 pm — Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, Franklin. (3 Groups) Adults $25, $20; Children, 12 & under, $10.

— July 26, F-6:30 pm — Folkmoot at Friday Street Dance, Main Street, Waynesville. Free Event.

Visit www.FolkmootUSA.org for additions or cancellations or call the ticket office, (828)452-2997.


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