Smart Bets: Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival

Known as the “Minstrel of the Appalachians," musician and folklorist Bascom Lamar Lunsford dedicated his life to collecting the folk music of the Southern Appalachians. He founded the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in 1928 — it's the oldest continuously running folk festival in the nation. Fittingly, Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival, which honors Lunsford, is the second oldest folk festival in WNC. Held Saturday, Oct. 6, on the campus of Mars Hill College, the daylong event features dancing, jam circles, ballad singing and story swapping from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; free. An evening concert is held inside the Moore Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.; $10 for adults and $5 for children. http://www.lunsfordfestival.com.

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