This year’s Takoma Park Folk Festival was attended by around 3,000 people, said Colleen Clay, festival organizer. Festival T-shirts sold out—the second time that’s happened in the last three years, she said.
There were six stages of nonstop music and dance, a craft area, food vendors, and community tables by local agencies and organizations. The Takoma-Silver Spring Voice had a table.
Local politicians and candidates turned up to greet constituents and campaign.
The annual festival, established in 1978, is free, run by volunteers. Even the performers volunteer. Clay said that AmeriCorps NCCC provided volunteer management. “Out largest contingents of volunteers came from Montgomery Blair Crew team and Poms Squad.”
The event is funded by donations, grants and this year for the first time there were three big sponsors, Adventist Health Care, Washington Adventist Hospital, and the City of Takoma Park.