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The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University

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The Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival is the second oldest folk festival in western North Carolina. Started in 1967 as a collaboration of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Lamar Lunsford, and Ed Howard, the festival works to distinguish itself not only by celebrating the region’s finest music, dance, and crafts, but also by creating a space for preservation and authenticity. They created an environment that supported the sharing of knowledge and passion from the older generations to the younger ones, building a space for continuity in the traditions that have been unique to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

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