Cultural Event: Texas State Arts and Craft Fair
July 15, 2013
Tony Kashani, Ph.D.
Cultural Event: Kerrville Folk Festival
The first Kerrville Folk Festival was the best way to learn about different humanities. There were many people from all-over. The first festival was “held June 1 through 3, 1972, in the 1,200-seat Kerrville Municipal Auditorium; 2,800 fans from all over Texas and as far away as Colorado attended the thirteen-performer event” (Rod Kennedy, 2013) (para. 1). “The festivals at Kerrville were a direct outgrowth of the Austin Zilker Park KHFI–FM Summer Music festivals (1964–68), the Chequered Flag folk-music club on Lavaca Street in Austin (1967–70), and the eight Longhorn Jazz festivals (1966–73), as well as the "live" and recorded programs of Austin folk artists produced on KHFI–AM–FM–TV during the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s” (Rod Kennedy, 2013) (para. 1). The festival kept expanding and more people were coming.
The festival brought in several artists from around Texas, like Willie Nelson and not just singers but famous fiddlers as well. The festival was moved out to a ranch where there was more room. This was the time when I was there, in the 80s, it was like what I imagine Woodstock would be. There was music, dancing, smoking of marijuana, and drinking. The festival is a gathering of many different cultures and still today they are gathering for the festival, and they are more family oriented now. “By the 1990s attendance had grown to 25,000. The program included an eighteen-day schedule of eleven six-hour evening concerts, New Folk Concerts with forty writers, Folk Mass celebrations, six two-hour children's concerts, and a four-day Festival of the Eagle honoring American Indians at a newly constructed and then expanded Threadgill Memorial Theater in the campgrounds” (Rod Kennedy, 2013) (para. 5).
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Rod Kennedy. (July 14, 2013). "KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL," Handbook of Texas Online
Published by the Texas State Historical Association. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/xfk01
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