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Folkmoot USA Celebrates 30 Years - Best Mountain Festivals in North Carolina


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Asheville, North Carolina (PRWEB) July 02, 2013

It's almost time for this year's Folkmoot USA to return to one of the best mountain towns - Waynesville North Carolina. Remarkably, the widely acclaimed Folkmoot USA festival is turning 30 this year! Thirty is like a fine scotch - matured to perfection. It's fascinating, captivating, and intriguing much like the festival. There are so many ways residents of gated North Carolina mountain communities benefit from this type of international themed festival in their backyard.

Folkmoot USA was started out of a desire to share cultural opportunities with the founder's own community, Waynesville. This is a charming mountain town if you're searching for somewhere to retire in North Carolina. The founder, Dr. Clinton Border, had accompanied a local square dancing group to a festival in England. Moved by that experience, he began to envision a similar festival in his hometown because he understood that the residents of Waynesville took great pride in their own heritage and would be able to appreciate the culture and heritage of others. After several years of research and networking, Folkmoot, which means “meeting of the people, came to fruition.

Much like the square dance group that went to participate in the festival in England, many culturally diverse groups from around the world come to participate in the Folkmoot USA festival giving residents of Sunset Falls at Bald Creek and all of the surrounding gated North Carolina mountain communities the opportunity to learn and celebrate other nationalities through folk music and dance. During the last 29 years, over 200 different groups have traveled to the best mountain town of Waynesville, to participate in this acclaimed event.

The countries invited to showcase their unique cultures at this year's special 30th Anniversary festival are: France, Martinique, Thailand, Japan, Slovakia, Mexico, Canada, and Paraguay. As always, the festival promises to be exciting! There will be events and performances at a variety of venues every day of the two week extravaganza. In addition to the live performances each day, some of the notable events are:

Family Night on July 17
Gala Preview & Champagne Reception for members/donors - July 18
Parade of Nations on July 19
Grand Opening at Stompin'Ground on July 19
World Friendship Day on July 21
Extravaganza Matinee on July 26
Dance Workshop on July 28
Candlelight Closing on July 28

Festivals such as Folkmoot USA provide local communities with many advantages, and the gated North Carolina mountain communities are no exception. The obvious is the social benefit where neighbors come together in a relaxed and fun environment to celebrate their common interests. The educational benefit is being exposed to interesting traditions and people from all around the world provides long-lasting reflection and gives participants a common ground for conversation and fellowship. Lastly, there is always the economic benefit resulting from increased tourism. People will come from all over the world to stay in local Waynesville Bed & Breakfasts and dine in tasty restaurants in one of the best mountain towns in America. Studies have been done that explain these advantages in depth and have come to similar conclusions. One study summarized it best, “...festivals reinforce the sense of community, of shared values, of shared pleasures, and shared commitment.” Not much can be better than that especially when you are on the lookout for where to retire in North Carolina.

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