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National Folk Festival officially returning in-person to Salisbury, MD

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SALISBURY, Md.— Outdoor stages, family entertainment, local art, diverse food and beverages flowing — the National Folk Festival is once again set for downtown Salisbury.

Sept. 10 to 12 will mark the 80th National Folk Festival and the third time the event takes place in Salisbury, Maryland. Organizers hope the in-person celebration taking over downtown will also be a strong sign of the city’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which previously delayed the anniversary festival in 2020. 

“The 80th National Folk Festival will say that the city is ready to emerge stronger from the pandemic and be a catalyst for the newly completed renovations in our downtown,” wrote Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, who is on active duty with the Maryland National Guard, and acting mayor and City Administrator Julia Glanz in a joint statement Wednesday. “The (festival) has been a major driver of the physical, social and cultural renewal of the city, and we are so pleased to be ‘together again’ this September.”

(From left) Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Caroline O'Hare, local manager of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Acting Mayor and City Administrator Julia Glanz and Mike Dunn, head of fundraising and president and CEO at Greater Salisbury Committee, pose together in downtown Salisbury, as the team announces the festival coming in-person on April 21, 2020.

As organizers made the announcement in a Wednesday news conference at the visitors center, two honorary event co-chairs chimed in from Annapolis. 

“The first lady and I are pleased to once again serve as honorary co-chairs for the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland,” said Gov. Larry Hogan in a news release from the National Folk Festival. “Now more than ever, we recognize the economic and cultural impacts events like the National Folk Festival can have in our communities. As organizers for the festival proceed with planning, we know that a commitment to safety and adherence to local and state ordinances will be crucial.”

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service