Town of Wilkesboro puts Old MerleFest Banners On Sale to the Public

New banners have been put up in Wilkesboro this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the music festival honoring the music of Doc Watson and his late son Merle Image634702422031551574Watson.

The old banners, the ones that had been attached to street posts during MerleFest for the past 10 years, are for sale by the town of Wilkesboro. The banners are about 5 feet long and more than 2 feet wide.

Two of the banners feature Doc Watson, while one portrays Alison Krauss and another a MerleFest stage. The cost is $40 each or all four for $120. Only about 20 banners are left for sale.

"In the early years, those things got stolen as soon as I put them up," said Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland. "I know people like them."

The banners are put up higher on the street poles now, with the new banners featuring individual images of Doc and Merle, one of them together and one of musicians on stage.

This year’s MerleFest ibegins April 26, but people are expected to start arriving Wednesday in Wilkesboro, NC

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