It began in 1988 as a fundraiser for a garden to honor the memory of legendary musician Doc Watson's son Merle, who had died in a tractor accident on his farm.
From simple beginnings with a handful of musicians performing on the bed of a flatbed truck, MerleFest has grown into one of the world's largest and most prestigious acoustic music gatherings, with hundreds of artists performing on a dozen stages.
Held on the grounds of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, the festival continues today through Sunday.
Today's lineup features, the Del McCoury Band, the Grascals, and Mountain Heart with Tony Rice. On Saturday, Tift Merritt, Emmylou Harris, and Sam Bush will perform.
Sunday's lineup will include Linda Ronstadt, Beausoleil with Michael Doucet, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. For complete lineup, see www.merlefest.org.