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guest column

Festivals: The Most
Fun Ever
Becky Caldwell is the
executive director of the
Virginia Highlands Festival in
Abingdon, Virginia. Her career
has spanned 22 years and
numerous festivals throughout
the country, including the
Chicago Humanities Festival,
the Chicago Improv Festival,
and Spontaneous Combustion
Improv Festivals in Atlanta and
Detroit.
by Becky Caldwell

I have a confession to make-
I am a festival junkie.
Keep your fancy plush
seats and climate control.
I'll take a sweaty walk
down a neighborhood
street any day, as long as
it's lined with vendors
and edged with entertainment.
I may be a foodie, but
I still I prefer to eat my
food off a stick and a paper plate than a fancy res66 BlueRidgeCountry.com

Becky Caldwell on festivals: "Fire up
that giant copper kettle and pour
in the corn, because this girl loves a
good street party!"

taurant.
Beer belongs in a plastic
cup, and the best dancing happens on the grass.
These are facts which I
have no interest in arguing.
I first fell in love with
festivals when I was an
intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (Fancy,
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