May 22, 2018
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Timeline: 10 years of the American Folk Festival



Performers traveling more than 25,000 total miles to attend the 10th American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.


Virtuosic percussion group, Noreum Machi were proud when they noticed their act was featured on posters promoting the American Folk Festival. The pride came with a little bit of ribbing as the member of the Korea-based group who was featured in the poster was teased by fellow members of his group.


Heavy rain in the area Saturday gave way to bright skies Sunday, just as a washout Saturday at the 2009 American Folk Festival in Bangor turned into a strong crowd for the event’s closing day. The American Folk Festival received the Commitment to Community Award at the 2009 Governors Conference on Tourism.

Hector del Curto, a New York City native who spent several years learning the roots of forro in northeastern Brazil, brought his infectious personality and spectacular accordion skills to the dance stage.


Chino Nunez, a salsa percussionist from New York, performed at the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront for the first time. The week after the festival, Nunez called staff to rave about the atmosphere and crowds in Bangor, saying it was the best festival he had played at.


The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront was named the American Bus Association’s winner of Top 100 Events in the United States.


Huun Huur Tu performed at the American Folk Festival, bringing throat singing from Tuva (a Russian Federation republic) to the Bangor Waterfront for the first time. Throat singing consists of singers singing both the note and the overtone to produce several notes simultaneously.


An estimated 145,000 people attended the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina affected a few acts, who ended up stranded in Bangor for some time after the festival.


The Campbell Brothers performed during a year that was remembered for sweltering hot temperatures throughout the festival.


Forbes Flyers, a Precision Jump Rope Team from Connecticut performed for the first time in Bangor, dazzling crowds with its competitive jump roping abilities and enthusiasm.


More than 80,000 visited the National Folk Festival for its first year in Bangor. The Papantla Flyers were among the highlights, performing Flying Indian Pole Dancing. Bangor was the smallest city chosen by the National Folk Festival, but broke attendance records on the first day of the festival.

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