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Philadelphia Folk Festival held in Schwenksville

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. - For more than half a century, thousands of people have been hanging out and camping out at a festival near Schwenksville.

They call it the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival for the folk music played on several stages.

But what really makes it a folk fest, is the folks at it.

"It's like our alter egos come out here," said Mirca McDonald. 

For 57 years straight, families have flocked to Upper Salford Township for the three-day festival.

They come from all over.

"I'm from Philly but I live in California. I took a red eye the other night, with a layover, 12-hour flight. It's the best thing on earth," said Brooke Murray. 

"It's the best place. It's home, it's where we belong," said Nikki Shifren.

For three days, it is their home.

"We come with our whole family, we have like a 30-person campsite. These are my other campers," said Olivia Diehl. 

Thousands camp out.

"Having a group name, dressing up, a lot of people have themes," said Diehl. 

And the tradition includes making it one, year after year.

"This is my 28th year," said McDonald. 

"How old are you, how long have you been coming here?" 69 News asked.   

"33 and 33," said Nikki Shifren.  


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