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MerleFest extends early bird special

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 – Music fans looking to go to the annual MerleFest in North Carolina in April will receive a discount on their tickets if bought before Friday, April 3. That is the last day to purchase 4-day and 3-day tickets at the early bird price, representing an average 10-percent discount.

"During these economic times, all of us at MerleFest want to do whatever we can to allow more fans to attend the festival at a discount price," said festival director Ted Hagaman. "This year, perhaps more than any other, it's important for people to have a little diversion, to relax and enjoy the music and the spirit of the event. That's why we extended our early bird deadline until April 3."

MerleFest 2009, celebrating its 22nd year from April 23-26, will have almost 100 artists on 15 stages on the campus of Wilkes Community College at the same ticket prices as in 2008. Performers include Emmylou Harris, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals and the Del McCoury Band.

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