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GottaGetGon Festival features fine folk

That means that more often than not, performers spend the whole weekend at the campground, eating and sleeping alongside attendees. A crew of attendees provides the performers with snacks and meals throughout the day, and at night, campers take turns hosting the musicians for a meal.

"A big part of what happens is eating and feeding people," said Clark, who, a week and a half before GottaGetGon, was busy making cookies to bring.

Acts come from all over the country, and even occasionally from other countries, to play at GottaGetGon. Kelsey said that since the festival features only four performers each year, it's not hard to find talent " and fresh talent, at that.

"We have pretty much stuck to a policy that we would not bring anyone back for 10 years," he said.

The performer selection committee is responsible for keeping the new acts coming. Kelsey, who attends a number of folk festivals each year, often brings music by acts he's heard and liked to committee meetings, and other members do the same. Sitting in one member's kitchen, they listen to CDs and decide on which performers to pursue.

There are times, too, when musicians contact festival organizers and ask to be considered, including acts who have played GottaGetGon before.

"Their 10 years is up, and they'll say, 'We would like to try again,'" Kelsey said.

This year, the lineup includes Alexander Mitchell, a multi-instrumentalist and singer whose repertoire includes bluegrass, Celtic, klezmer, traditional roots dance music and swing; Debra Cowan, who sings traditional and traditional-style songs, a cappella and accompanied by guitar; blues guitarist Del Rey, and duo Jean Rohe and Liam Robertson.

On Friday night, the New Generation Folk Concert will showcase young musicians from the area. Saturday night features a family dance, while Sunday's highlights include an open stage, where everyone is invited to perform.

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