BANGOR, Maine — Before the money in the donation buckets had been counted, organizers of the 2015 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront were calling this year’s event a success and looking ahead to next year.
“This year, the weather was amazing, we heard endless rave reviews both about — and from — the performers, and most importantly the people attending the festival had a great time,” Heather McCarthy, executive director of the festival, said in a Sunday night news release, shortly after the event ended. “We’re going to chalk this up as a victory.”
No attendance or donation totals were available, but McCarthy said she anticipates the results will be good.
The 2015 festival featured 16 performers strumming, singing and dancing on four stages along the Bangor Waterfront.
Before crews started pulling up the tent stakes Sunday night, organizers began promoting plans for the 2016 festival, which will be the 15th hosted in the Queen City, on August 26, 27 and 28.
“We want to celebrate the history of this festival, of course the present day, and also what’s to come,” said Rick Fournier, chairman of the folk festival board. “The American Folk Festival is something that this community has supported for a decade and a half, and the festival has been the spark that triggered a revitalization of downtown.”
Color Bangor 2016, a 5K in which participants run through stations and get covered in colored powder, has been scheduled for Saturday, May 14. This will be the third year of that event, which gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the festival.
Registration is already open at www.americanfolkfestival.com. Those who register early will get the “kid rate” of $25 per person.
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