120,000 Show Up for National Folk Festival in Salisbury

Sep 9, 2019

National Folk Festival
Credit National Council for Traditional Arts

An estimated 120-thousand people attended the three day National Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury over the weekend.

That’s according to Mayor Jake Day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there were 63-thousand in attendance on Saturday according to cellphone data and drone coverage of the event.

There were 350 artists ranging from musicians and dancers to crafts and cultural events this second year of the event.

The paper reports that a Salisbury University study found last year’s festival had a local economic impact of around $20 million.

The report said that without the rain in 2018 the festival could have pulled in $45 million with a potential 150-thousand in attendance.