National Folk Festival hits Greensboro for second year

GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second hot summer in a row, the National Folk Festival has taken over downtown Greensboro.

The music, the culture, the art and the food all show North Carolina's rich heritage.

Festival organizers expect more than 100,000 people to come to Greensboro for this year's festival.
"We invited family down, they came down and we are really excited to be here," said Debra Goode, who moved to Greensboro with her husband last year.

The music is top notch, with acts traveling from all over the country. Admission to the festival is free, and around 1,000 volunteers help put the event on.

Artists who are selling and demonstrating their handiwork fill an entire block of N. Elm Street. Rob Withrow of Smoke in the Mountains Pottery says this is an artist's dream.

"It's wonderful to have that many people in one place that come through and can buy your pits and appreciate what you're doing,” he said.

Plus, for all the foodies, you can eat your way around the festival with food courts at every stage. Food trucks feature delicacies from nearly every continent. Some festival-goers say they are just glad for a place to share a good time with others.

"Hopefully see old friends, see new friends and just enjoy ourselves," said Sally Newman of Greensboro.