The Uncle Dave Macon Days "Old Time Music Festival" is this weekend (July 11th through the 13th). The event is at the Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village at 312 Front Street.
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More than 25,000 people attended the festival in 2013, and Uncle Dave Macon Days organizers are looking to increase that number with new features at the 2014 event.
"Running the festival has become more like a business; it has become a corporation in some sense, but the balance of all that, in working out each detail, is remembering that you don't have to be a star to be famous. That's what Uncle Dave Macon Days is about. Everybody's contribution matters," said Gloria Christy, president of Uncle Dave Macon Days.
The Mathilda Macon Folks Art Village sponsored by Wilson Bank and Trust, named for Uncle Dave's wife, was a new feature from 2013. This year the arts and crafts village will be adding more demonstrations and hands-on activities for children.
"Kids will be able to assemble a bird house with the woodworking association, or they can make a clay pot," said Teresa Owen, vendor director for Arts and Crafts and Food for the festival.
In addition to the new children's activities, Friday will be the last day of the Macon Music Education day camp, and campers will be attending the festival from 10 a.m. to noon.
"Friday is all about kids. We'll be starting the competitions with the beginning instrumental and continue with the junior championships for buckdancing and clogging," Christy said. "Kids will get to watch kids performing old-time stuff, and kids will perform for other kids in the audience."
New festival gate times were also shared at the press conference. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Friday with the festival beginning at 10 a.m. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, with festival activities starting one hour later.
Sunday will also have extended hours, with activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"We will have an extended and enhanced Sunday with big name acts and a new Wilson Bank and Trust antique car show," Christy said.
Also new for 2014 will be the addition of food trucks representing the Nashville Food Tru ck Association, who will be selling meals and snacks along side the returning food vendors.
Also positive, Christy announced RAM Trucks as the first national sponsor of the annual festival.
View the website for more: http://uncledavemacondays.com/