It's one of Texas most respected musical festivals, the annual Kerrville Folk Festrival staged at Quiet Valley Ranch just west of Kerrville, almost three weeks of music from 100 of the most promising songwriters and folk performers in America.
Starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May, the music continues for 18 days. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting, blues guitar, and harmonica. The annual Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition is held on the first weekend and draws 32 of the best of America's emerging songwriters.
Award winners are recognized at a special concert on the second weekend. The Texas Folk Music Foundation sponsors the Professional Development Program for Teachers the second mid-week of the festival and is a great way for teachers to earn continuing education credits while learning how to utilize music as a teaching tool.
RVing is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited, but generally there are plenty of apces available for those that reserve ahead. In addition to the musical entertainment, it is a grand time for campfire perfoamcnes, barbecues and good times for many who travled hundreds and even thousands of miles to attend the event.
A variety of food items ranging from bar-b-que to vegetarian selections are available in the theater and at the food service pavilion during main stage performance nights. Beer, wine, smoothies, soft drinks and gourmet coffee drinks are also available and in abundance.
This year's festival sees the return of favorites Judy Collins, Peppino D’Agostino, John Gorka, Susan Werner and Jonathan Edwards along with a host of returning favorites like Trout Fishing in America, Ruthie Foster, Austin Lounge Lizards, The Laws, Jimmy LaFave, Sara Hickman, Terri Hendrix, AJ Croce, Patrice Pike, Ian Moore and dozens of others. There is also a reunion of the Lost Gonzo Band with Gary P Nunn.