Folk Festival superintendent Annette Pulley wraps up her final Fair

With the final song on the Folk Festival stage today, superintendent Annette Pulley will bring to a close a storied association with the festival.

This marks the 61st year of the festival that is dedicated to preserving and celebrating North Carolina’s traditional music and dance.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler with retiring Folk Festival superintendent Annette Pulley.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler with retiring Folk Festival superintendent Annette Pulley.

For more than 40 years, Pulley has had a role in the Folk Festival. She has been a performer, a judge and, for more than half of her time with the event she has served as superintendent.

She has literally seen children grow up on the Folk Festival stage, later returning with their own children to perform.

The Folk Festival is like a family reunion of sorts. People come to compete, but they also come to see friends old and new. That is part of what has kept Pulley coming back every year.

“The most enjoyable part of it for me is seeing the familiar faces year after year, and seeing the new teams come and seeing their improvement,” she said.

The Folk Festival will miss its matriarch.

About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 219 days during the past 21 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

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