Wilkesboro, NC - The banjos were strumming like they always do at MerleFest, and the legacy of Doc Watson was very much alive at the first MerleFest since Doc Watson died last May.
The Music Festival has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the entire country, attracting more than 70,000 attendees.
Doc Watson started the festival in 1988 to honor his late son, Merle.
Watson was a bluegrass legend, and his legacy lives on this year with more than 90 bands over 14 stages.
World renowned guitar player Jerry Douglas told News 2, "I think it's the spirit of Doc Watson that is here and has been all along. He's not here, but his spirit is here and this whole festival is built so that nothing is going to change."
MerleFest runs through Sunday. You can find tickets and acts here.