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Hobart and William Smith Colleges Host 26th Annual Folk Fest

GENEVA, N.Y.—This year is the 26th year of Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ annual Folk Fest event, a weekend of music, crafts, sun, and fun that unites both the Colleges campus and its surrounding Geneva community. Although traditionally Folk Fest has been a spring event, this year and in future years Folk Fest will be scheduled for the fall, in accordance with the Colleges’ switch from a trimester academic calendar to a semester calendar. Proceeds from the weekend will be donated to local children’s charities.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ 26th annual Folk Fest will be held from 6 p.m. Friday, September 21, until 6 p.m. Sunday, September 23, on the Hobart quad. Admission is free. All community members are encouraged to attend.

Folk Fest will feature 14 professional bands, which will play from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday, and more than 20 craft and food vendors will line the quad. A Children’s Fest will be held all day Saturday and Sunday, also on the quad. Children’s Fest highlights include a petting zoo, a juggler, face painting, arts and crafts, and various student and faculty acts. The weekend will also be busy with an Alumni Council meeting, an Admissions Open House, and a Saturday home football game at 1 p.m. against Union, also at the Colleges.

The bands include:
· Sim Redmond Band, a five-piece group based in Ithaca that blends roots-rock, Afro-Caribbean, and reggae music;
· Gym Class Heroes, a hip-hop band from Geneva with influences in jazz, funk, punk rock, and some rapcore;
· Philadelphia-based Fathead, a band that toured on the HORDE Festival last summer and whose style is rap combined with funk and jazz;
· the Boston area-based Babaloo which created Punk Mambo and Hardcore Juju and plays infectious rhythms ranging from samba and mambo to reggae;
· funk-jazz Freelance Bishops whose approach to funk is reminiscent of both the soul-jazz combos of the 60s and the harder funk of the 70s but with a modern vibe.

Various food vendors will provide lunch and dinner, with cuisine ranging from falafels, portobello mushrooms, and fresh-roasted coffee to pizza and subs. Vendors will also sell handcrafted jewelry, clothing, musical instruments, wall hangings, and more. Proceeds of the Folk Fest will be donated to Geneva Agri-biz and Child Development, Ontario Day Care, and Children’s Hour School.

For more information, please contact Molly Etherington at folkfest@hws.edu, or visit the Folk Fest Web site, http://www.hws.edu/folkfest.