MerleFest Sets Attendance Record

MerleFest 2001, the 14th annual Wilkesboro, N.C., festival celebrating the music of the late Merle Watson and his father, Doc Watson, set an attendance record April 26-29. Attendance this year was 77,023, 12 percent more than lasts year’s record of 68,704. Presented by Wilkes Community College, the fest featured nearly 100 Americana music acts, including Doc Watson, Dolly Parton and Earl Scruggs.