A familiar event in the town of Ferdinand was held this past weekend, though there were some new twists this year.
The fourth edition of the Ferdinand Folk Festival was held on Saturday in Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park.
Several folk artists highlighted this year’s event, but the first twist of the day came when headliner act Todd Snider did not make it to the festival. Nashville recording artist Lilly Hiatt, the daugher of Indiana-native and former Grammy award-winner John Hiatt replaced Snider in the lineup and the show went on.
Ferdinand town council president Ken Sicard says bringing people from within the Ferdinand community and beyond is a big part of what makes the Ferdinand Folk Fest so special:
Crowd turnout was expected to top last year’s numbers according to Sicard. Sicard says people are also beginning to show up earlier in the day as the festival continues to grow.
The Folk Fest also had a bit of a hometown flavor this year. Ferdinand-native Bethany Boeglin made an appearance on the main stage at this year’s Folk Fest. Boeglin, who has recorded one CD to date, says being on the main stage this year meant a lot to her, especially as a Ferdinand native:
Boeglin says she has enough material to record a second CD, but she says though music is her passion, she doesn’t see herself doing music for a living.
This year’s Folk Festival also featured a new event. Saturday morning, bike riders from all over the area and beyond took part in the first edition of the Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo. The fondo was a recreational ride rather than an actual bike race. Riders in the Fondo could start their recreational ride as soon as they registered instead of having to lineup for a start as they would in a regular bike race.
Race Director Chris Welp says the riders at this year’s fondo came from all riding experience and age ranges. He says the event is part of a plan for DC Multisport, which runs the fondo, to promote Dubois County:
The event featured three different routes: a short route that was 24 miles long, an intermediate route that was 32 miles long, and a long route of 50 miles. The fondo was held Saturday and Sunday. Riders had to finish their route by 4 pm eastern time on both days.