Folk Festival campers compete in running event for best spots

More than a hundred campers at the Philadelphia Folk Festival staged a running race on Thursday to claim the best spots.  The “land run” is a tradition of the festival. It’s the music world’s version of the 1889 Oklahoma land This mad dash tradition kicks off the start of the music festival with camp site performances scheduled for Thursday night.

Photographer Howard Pitkow covering the festival for NewsWorks. He sent us these great shots of the land run, which this year was done in a little mud.

It’s going to be a wet start for the Folk Festival. The National Weather Service has a Flood Watch for Friday morning through Saturday morning.

The featured musicians will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the festival grounds at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, near Schwenksville, PA.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is produced by the Mt. Airy-based Philadelphia Folksong Society on Emlen St.

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