MerleFest is one of the largest music festivals in the Southeast. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is thrilled to be a part of this legendary event this year with a tent set up in The Shoppes at MerleFest where we will be giving away samples and selling our products. Read more about this exciting four-day festival for music lovers in today’s blog.
Promoting the music as “traditional plus,” MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina is one of the premier music festivals in the country. This year’s festival will be held April 23-26 on the beautiful campus of Wilkes Community College. It is four fun-packed days and nights with lots of music to hear, booths to browse and opportunities to jam with new friends. The days start early and the evenings end with music under the stars. Merlefest is truly a glorious long weekend for music lovers who come from near and far for this annual event.
MerleFest is a huge event with more than 130 artists performing on 13 stages and there is a lot of ground to cover. Add to that shopping and other activities, and you will spend a lot of time in the sun. The mild spring weather in the beautiful NC mountains can be deceptive - the sun’s rays are still strong. And suffering the stinging pain and chills of a sunburn can turn a magical evening concert into absolute misery. No worries, this year at MerleFest, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen comes to the rescue!
As a sponsor, Blue Lizard will have a tent in The Shoppes at MerleFest with sunscreen available for immediate application to all concert-goers, performers and volunteers. Blue Lizard provides protection from both types of ultraviolet rays, offering broad-spectrum protection for a long day spent in the sun at an outdoor music festival. Sample sunscreen packets will be given away in the Blue Lizard tent allowing people to reapply protection no matter what part of the festival they’re enjoying. All Blue Lizard products will also be available for sale.
MerleFest is an annual music festival that was originally based on the traditional old-time music of the Appalachian region. The first festival was held in 1988 to raise funds for establishing a garden for the blind at the college to be created by the horticulture students. Their instructor approached local, old-time musician Doc Watson and asked if he would give a one-evening performance as a fundraiser. It is a testimony to Doc’s reputation that before the event was even held, so many musicians volunteered their time that the festival grew into a four-day event. The event was named in honor of Doc’s son, Eddy Merle Watson, who was also a musician and performed with his father until his death in 1985.
The list of musicians who have performed at MerleFest over the years reads like the list of who’s-who in the world of bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, country and other musical genres. Some of the big-name musicians performing at this year’s festival include Dwight Yoakam, The Avett Brothers, Bela Fleck and Abigail Watson, Lee Ann Womack, The Marshall Tucker Band and the North Mississippi Allstars as well as a host of other national and regional acts.
With more than 78,000 people in attendance in 2014 and more expected this year, MerleFest continues to grow and evolve. There is always a variety of things to do at the festival in addition to the musical performances. Some people enjoy nature walks, while others attend workshops or music competitions between concerts. The Shoppes at MerleFest provide opportunities for browsing a unique variety of goods.
"Every year we look at our festival and say ‘how can we make MerleFest better?’” said Ted Hagaman, festival director. “Our goal is to always improve the onsite experience at the festival, in ways big and small, from the music you see on stage to the food you eat for dinner to activities available. Our vendors play a part in that goal by offering their unique brands of products and exceptional customer service to fans of the festival."
To learn more about MerleFest and Doc Watson or to purchase tickets, visit http://merlefest.org
Written by Jo Northup