National Folk Festival comes to Maryland for 3 years

Posted at 7:37 AM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 07:37:23-04

A Maryland city will become the 30th city to host the nation's longest-running folk arts event next year.

News outlets report that the National Arts Festival will be held in Salisbury beginning in September 2018. Salisbury Mayor Jake Day announced Monday that the annual three-day free festival will make its home in the Eastern Shore town through 2020.

City officials say that the festival is expected to draw 150,000 people and bring $15 million to $30 million to the local economy.

The travelling festival was founded in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1934 and championed by Eleanor Roosevelt. It will wrap up its run in Greensboro, North Carolina, this year.

The festival is produced by the Maryland-based National Council for the Traditional Arts, but hasn't been held in the state before.