MerleFest Draws 77,337 Participants

MerleFest, the annual bluegrass festival held in Wilkesboro, N.C., from April 24-27, drew 77,337 participants this year, including musicians, music fans and volunteers. Performers included Asleep at the Wheel, Sam Bush, Guy Clark, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Emmylou Harris, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent and Doc Watson and his son Richard. Paid attendance totaled 36,000. 04/30/03