Just a few weeks ago, we were all bracing for what meteorologists were calling one of the “worst weather events in US history.”
Thankfully, we were spared from the wrath of Hurricane Matthew, but the rain poured… and it poured all day long on Saturday. Some wondered if you would come, but we knew you’d be there – rain or shine.
We just couldn’t believe how many of you braved the elements. Some 125,000 of you showed up and slogged through the mud and the rain with big, bright smiles on your faces. With the thick mud sucking at your rain boots, you still came through with $75,000 worth of donations to the Bucket Brigade.
It’s that sort of perseverance that made the Richmond Folk Festival possible in the first place. Twelve years ago, there were people who didn’t think this sort of festival would stick.
But it did stick – because of YOU. You've come, year after year. You’ve come with your children, your neighbors, and your friends to celebrate the folk and traditional arts that originated around the world, and now make up the cultural fabric of our own country. You embraced the festival with such gusto that it’s not just a Richmond tradition – it’s the largest folk festival of its kind in the country. It belongs to all of us.
So what is it that makes this Folk Festival so special?
We are so grateful to you for making #12 the best one yet. We’ll see you again next year, October 13-15, rain or shine.
Interim Executive Director, Venture Richmond