Folk festival in high gear

August 15, 2008 3:24:39 PM PDT
Music lovers are dancing in Schwenksville. The Philadelphia Folk Festival is in its 47th year and over time, it has become quite the family affair.

"It's fun for the kids to camp and it's a nice atmosphere," Tracy Opperman of Schwenkville, Pa. said.

About 10,000 people are on festival grounds every day representing all walks of life.

Newcomers are impressed by the laid-back, welcoming vibe.

First-timers often become lifers at this festival, as fun times and traditions get passed down through the generations.

"I grew up here, I love it here; it's my home away from home basically," Seth Graham of Mananyunk said.

"It's like a reunion of sorts every year," Brian Eastburn of Barnegat Light, New Jersey said.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is about so much more than just music.

Hundreds of people set up tents and stay the whole weekend here.

The campground turns into a 40-acre living room for festival weekend. People stay overnight to make new friends, reconnect with old buddies, listen to the tunes, and play some great music of their own!

The folk festival has changed so much over the years, but one thing that has remained the same - every festival-goer feels at home.

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