Todd Snider to headline Sept. 21 folk festival

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FERDINAND — The fourth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, and feature critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

Snider will be joined on the festival’s main stage by The Dirty Guv’nahs of Knoxville, Tenn.; the Boscoe France Band of Madisonville, Ky.; Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys of Ann Arbor, Mich.; The Carper Family of Austin, Texas; Opal Fly & the Swatters of Evansville; and Bethany Boeglin of Ferdinand.

The festival is a free, earth-friendly and family-friendly event promoting music, the arts and the environment. It takes place in 18th Street Park on two stages.

A market area will feature local artists and artisans displaying and selling their work, and groups dedicated to creating vibrant communities and a sustainable environment will provide education on a variety of topics.

Additions to this year’s festival include a revamped group of activities for children, including the Big Bounce Fun House Play Town, storytelling, a couple of magic shows, an interactive presentation from Lincoln State Park and family folk dancing.

Also new this year is the Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo, a two-day recreational bicycling event designed to entertain bicyclists of all levels. Participants will travel the rolling hills of Dubois County with forays into Perry and Spencer counties. The routes and distances were designed to be welcoming to novice cyclists and challenging for experienced riders. The event starts and finishes at Monastery Immaculate Conception.

The Folk Jammers will again play host to novice and skilled musicians for daylong open jam sessions, and the Carper Family will host an interactive “How to Harmonize” workshop. A variety of food vendors will be on hand, along with approximately 60 art and environmental vendors.

For additional information about the festival, visit The festival also can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

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