Nestled among the hills and fields of southwestern Indiana, the Ferdinand Folk Festival is an earth-friendly and family-friendly event promoting music, the arts, and the environment. This free festival, located in Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park, will feature nationally-acclaimed musicians as well as exceptional local and regional acts. Patrons will experience a rich variety of acoustic music on the stage. In nearby booths, local artists and artisans will display and sell their work, area gardeners and farmers will sell fresh produce, and groups dedicated to creating vibrant communities and a sustainable environment will provide education on a variety of topics. Fun activities for children will also be available in the park.
The festival’s primary mission is to promote, through music, the health and wellness of community, culture, and environment. This folk music festival—folk music defined as “music originating among the common people of a nation or a region”—has its roots in the Town’s desire to hold more cultural events and activities within its borders, along with several well-received, local house concert series, and a desire to share outstanding singer-songwriter-musicians with a broader audience. By bringing people together in a festive spirit, the event organizers wish to celebrate the natural beauty found here, share our neighborly values, and offer a unique venue to experience quality music, good food, and original art.
Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park, a clean environment set amid beautiful hills and trees, features a state-of-the-art playground, miles of scenic walking trails, shelter houses, picnic tables, a softball field, basketball court, volleyball areas, horseshoe pits, restrooms, and ample parking areas. The community owes a debt of gratitude to the Leinenbach family who generously donated the land for community use—green space along with education and recreation. We are excited to add this event to the park’s legacy of wholesome endeavors—including, in adjacent lots, a new library and YMCA.
So on Saturday, September 21, 2013, we, again, invite you to bring your family and friends to join our family and friends at the Ferdinand Folk Festival—just one of many reasons why our community is an attractive place to live, work, play, raise a family, start a business, or retire.
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