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The late, legendary Doc Watson’s annual four-day, roots-based music festival — now our biggest, most beloved music festival — is back at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro for its 33rd

Madison County Championship Rodeo

The late, legendary Doc Watson’s annual four-day, roots-based music festival — now our biggest, most beloved music festival — is back at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro for its 33rd

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

The late, legendary Doc Watson’s annual four-day, roots-based music festival — now our biggest, most beloved music festival — is back at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro for its 33rd

An Our State Playlist: Mighty MerleFest

The late, legendary Doc Watson’s annual four-day, roots-based music festival — now our biggest, most beloved music festival — is back at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro for its 33rd year on September 16 through 19. Hundreds of regional and national acts, from North Carolina’s Jim Lauderdale to Sturgill Simpson, Amythyst Kiah, LeAnn Rimes, and Mavis Staples will perform across 13 stages. To prepare, listen to a selection of featured artists.