By Don Richards, NBC12 Regional Vice President and General Manager
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - I was at the Richmond Folk Festival last Saturday night. It was between the end of the Clinton Fearon Boogie Brown Band set and the start of the Trouble Funk performance when it really hit me. It's fantastic that we didn't allow the festival to become a casualty of the recession.
An estimated 160,000 people attended the three day festival. We saw an amazing array of performers under an eclectic banner of folk music. It was free to attend and the experience was priceless. But, year number five could easily have not happened.
The Richmond Folk Festival takes well over a million dollars to produce. The vast majority of the money comes from contributions by area companies. Many similar events around the country have folded in the last year due to the recession.
Venture Richmond deserves the credit for keeping this Festival alive and lively with major sponsors who deserve to be named. Thank you to the City of Richmond, Altria, Dominion, Ukrop's/First Market Bank, Center Stage, Mead Westvaco, Genworth Financial, The Community Foundation, Richmond Times Dispatch, New Market Corporation and the 1,200 volunteers who made it happen.
The planning and fundraising for the 6th amazing year of The Richmond Folk Festival will begin soon. For more information, see their website, linked at right.