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Folkmoot USA

Updated on July 19, 2010

Opening parade

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Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC

North Carolina's International Folk Festival

Every year since we moved to the Waynesville area, my wife and I have attended this wonderful two week long event.  For several summers, our granddaughter from New Jersey joined us.  

On Friday of the opening weekend, Downtown Waynesville blocks off Main Street for the annual Folkmoot USA Parade.  Units from each of the countries participate in full regalia demonstrating their folk dance and music skills.  Every year over three hundred countries compete to participate and this year, only ten were chosen. 

Dance troupes and musicians from Russia, India, Latvia, United Kingdom(Irish), France, Switzerland, Jordan, Turkey, Poland, and Portugal will participate in both public and private performances as well as offer instruction for school kids.

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Local military and law enforcement units participate. Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Local military and law enforcement units participate. Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC

State Senator Joe Sam Queen

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Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC

Loyal fan

Local architect and State Senator, Joe Sam Queen is an active participant and loyal fan of Folkmoot USA.

This exciting event draws over one hundred thousand spectators from all over the country and has been held for twenty-six years.  

Senator Queen was instrumental in having Folkmoot USA designated as North Carolina's Official International Festival. It has also been named as "One of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast."

Scenes from the 2009 Folkmoot USA Parade

Mexico --  Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Mexico -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Israel -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Israel -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Mexico -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Mexico -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Serbia -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Serbia -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Scotland -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC
Scotland -- Image Copyright 2009 RFWLLC

Watch for another HUB !!

There's more to come!

Watch for my next hub with photos from the 2009 evening performance at the Maggie Valley Stompin' Ground.

Video of the parade.


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    • dags the drover profile image

      dags the drover 

      8 years ago from still lost in Western Australia

      Thanks FC great festival.... and great photos of same.. you guys do festivals alot better than us Aussies do. Cheers dags

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      their faces!! they are having such a good time and isnt that what dancing is all about after all? gorgeous article and thank you for letting us go with you, vicariously, to Folkmoot USA!!

      lucky grandaughter!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know this festival before. But it looks wonderful and a lot of fun. I really enjoy all the pictures and the video also. It like I am attend to this festival. I hope I can see this directly someday. Thumbs up for you. Vote this up. Thank you very much!


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      8 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Please Digg this article for me. Click on the "Share" button and then "Digg".

      Thanks for all the comments, too!

    • suziecat7 profile image


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I have attended in the past and it was a lot of fun.

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      8 years ago

      It looks like a lot of fun - thanks for sharing it with us :)

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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Wow for internet. I would never have known about this festival if you did not shown it. Thank you for sharing.

    • singlmomat52 profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice Hub and great pictures!!

      Sounds like 2 weeks of well planned fun!

      Thank you so much for sharing!!

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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Excellent, looks like a real hoot. One day I will have to get back that way again. Thank you.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      What a great festival - and wonderful photos!

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      Great photos Chet! Fun hub.

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      8 years ago from New York

      I love festivals this looks great and very nice pictures and videos.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sounds like a lot of fun, pretty pictures too

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      8 years ago from Washington State

      While living in Georgia, I was able to come up into North Carolina and see how beautiful that state is. This is a wonderful festival. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      FCEtier,it looks as if you found a delightful festival to rival the kind we have all over Louisiana;)!

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      G L Strout 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      This looks like so much fun. I love thsee kinds of events. Thanks for sharing.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Sounds fantastic. We used to attend folk festivals but since leaving Illinois we haven't gotten to many.

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      Isaiah Michael 

      8 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      That is a really cool area festival. Our Waynesville here has the Sauerkraut festival. It is in the fall and is awesome.


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