Willow Folk Festival 2014

By Corey A. Edwards

2014 Willow Folk FestivalWillow Folk Festival is more than 100 amateur and professional singers and musicians performing from the back of a hay wagon on a country church lawn. Willow Folk Festival is acoustic bluegrass, country, and spiritual music. Willow Folk Festival is home-cooked food, family, friends, and good times.

Willow Folk Festival began back in 1967 by the Willow United Methodist Church as a new and way to raise some money as well as to, hopefully, have fun and bring people together. Well, they must have been on to something because, here we are, 47 years later, and the Willow Folk Festival is going strong and attracting more people than ever.

In the beginning, the festival was just a one day event, but, as the years progressed and the popularity of this “little” event grew, the organizers had to expand it to two and then three days in order to accommodate all the eager performers and the growing camp of musicians and fans that sprouts up each year in the pasture across the road from the church.

This campground is worth mentioning not only because it illustrates how popular the Willow Folk Festival has become but also because it’s where a lot of the music of the festival takes place. Impromptu jam sessions pop up here like wildfire in the dry grass of summer as people wander about looking to sit in with their instruments or voice.

On the grounds of the Willow Folk Festival proper, in the back of that charming hay wagon stage, musicians and singers of all ages, and talent get their moment in the proverbial spotlight to the delight and applause of the fun-loving, family-friendly crowd sprawled out across the Willow United Methodist Church lawn on blankets and lawn chairs.

Don’t miss the fun!

2014 Willow Folk Festival

Saturday, Aug 9th: 11am – 10pm
Sunday, Aug 10th: 12pm – 5pm

Adults $5.00 – Children 8 and under Free
Willow United Methodist Church
6522 S. Willow Rd.
Stockton IL 61085
willowfolkfestival.com

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