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Lineup set for Saturday's Woodstock Folk Festival

WOODSTOCK – Organizers of the Woodstock Folk Festival again have revamped the lineup to look nothing like years past.

The festival will have just one repeat performer at its 29th annual concert. Organizers have stuck to an unwritten "five-year rule," that says any performer who plays the festival won't be invited back for at least a half decade.

Organizers try to pull from all over the country – and outside of it – to assemble a fresh lineup each year.

"There's no other place that you'll get to hear all of these performers in one afternoon," said Carol Obertubbesing, Woodstock Folk Festival president. "So that's pretty unique."

The festival runs from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on the Woodstock Square. A suggested donation of $15 for individuals, $25 for families and $10 for students and seniors will be taken at the door.

The lineup includes six folk artists of various musical backgrounds will perform on the main, outdoor stage. Megon McDonough, a Crystal Lake native, will return to the stage after several years away from the festival. The concert will move to Unity Spiritual Center, 225 W. Calhoun St., in the event of rain.

The fest also includes an open mic stage inside Stage Left Cafe, 125 E. Van Buren St.

Obertubbesing said that the festival has started to draw a wider audience. Attendees have come from both coasts, although they're typically from the Chicago area, she said.

"In recent years, we've been getting more people from out of town," Obertubbesing said.

To see a full list of acts and learn more about the festival, visit

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