Setting The Stage For The National Folk Festival

Crews Prepare for Folk Festival In Greensboro

GREENSBORO, NC -- A festival one year in the making has almost arrived in Greensboro, but not without hours of hard work behind the scenes. The National Folk Festival begins Friday but crews have been setting the stage for weeks.

"There’s over 130 tents on the site and we have to power each of those," Dwain Winters, Operations Manager said. "We have to light them because the festival goes at night. So we are in the process of the adding details to it as we get closer and closer to the festival."

More than 100 tents, miles of cable, 80 porta-jons and 5,000 chairs are the foundation for the festival and what Winters and his crew have been working all week to build.


"As soon as the festival was over for last year we were planning this year," Winters said.

Planning that he hopes goes unnoticed.

"So if we do all of that and we do it well, that's all invisible," he said. "It's only when we make a mistake- there's not enough porta-jons, the food lines are too long- that people notice. So it's our job to make sure our work just disappears."

Monday morning crews blocked off part of Elm Street and that's only the beginning. You can expect more road closures throughout the week.

Winters said you can also expect quality performers and demonstrations to take place on the stages that he and his crew built.

Copyright 2016 WFMY


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