EDITOR’S NOTE: This series about the history of MerleFest is appearing in installments in each printed issue of The Wilkes Journal-Patriot. New installments are added online each week. The entire series will be in the commemorative program for MerleFest 25 (April 26-29) and on the festival website, at www.merlefest.org, immediately after the event. Dave Greenwood, retired director of the WCC Open Computer Lab/Writing and Test Center, researched and wrote the articles in this series, working closely with the MerleFest Event Team to collect special reflections of the event. Most of the details on early festival years are from an interview with “B” Townes, retired WCC vice president of development

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