10 things to know about the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival
The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival starts Oct. 6. Some students know what it is, some don't — but it's a local institution that deserves to be known. For those new to Shakori and those returning, here are 10 facts that you didn't know about the Pittsboro festival.
1. It’s very family-friendly
Sara Waters, co-coordinator for the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, said that it differs from the stereotypical festival scene in that it has a lot of activities for kids.
“It’s definitely all ages, but we’re very supportive of families and we have a lot of kids activities,” Waters said. “I think we’re unique in that there are a lot of different age ranges, there’s a lot of college students, a lot of young families, and then a lot of older, retired folks.”
2. The food and art are local
Many different food options are available at the festival, and most of those options are locally-sourced and owned. There are also a ton of craft stalls and local artists selling their work.
Sydney Tillman, a senior strategic communication major, went to the festival last year, and said she loved all the local and independently owned food fare.
“I guess it’s different in the sense that it’s very localized,” she said. “I think most of the vendors and the food that they have there is all from local restaurants, local coffee shops or local vendors.”
Otherwise, it’s $10 for the entire weekend per car, or $5 per day, per car.
4. It’s all type of roots music, not just American
While the general theme of the festival is Americana and folk, Waters said that the list of performers isn’t limited to American music. There’s Latin music, and an all-woman mariachi band called “Mariachi Flor de Toloache” performing Thursday night.
Shakori is also a dance festival, with a tent set up specifically for dance acts. The festival even hosts dance workshops.
A full performance lineup can be found here, and a schedule can be found here.
5. It rains, like, every year
While the staff makes sure to keep attendees updated about the weather on the Shakori Hills home page, Tillman said it’s somewhat cursed: it rains every year.
“They have some kind of curse, it rains every time,” she said. “There’s mud everywhere, so I went and was not prepared.”
She said it’s ideal to bring rainproof clothing, especially with the predicted inclement weather this weekend.
“Bring some rain boots or some type of boots, or just be prepared to go barefoot,” she said. “I had to go barefoot the first day I was there because my shoes broke.”
6. The staff is ready to help you at every need
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Waters said one of the many great things about Shakori is the staff.
“It’s a pretty cool festival in that the staff is really good at figuring things out on the fly,” she said. “The staff is always prepared for everything and we all get along well and we work well as a team.”
There are also multiple volunteer opportunities, which Tillman did last year, and she said it got her into the festival for free.
“It’s also a great way to contribute to the festival,” she said. “And then you get to meet a lot of people.”
7. There are multiple local advocacy groups and nonprofits present