Have fun and help protect the Eno River this Fourth of July weekend at the Eno River Association’s 38th Annual Festival for the Eno.
Duke employees get 20 percent off tickets to the event, which takes place July 1 and July 4 and includes 72 musical acts on three stages and over 70 juried craft artists, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, food and more on the banks of the Eno River.
To save on tickets, Duke employees must purchase tickets by midnight June 23. Discounted prices available for purchase are a one-day pass for $14 and two-day pass at $24.
Organizers expect between 15,000 and 20,000 people at West Point on the Eno Durham City Park for the event, which offers family fun but also education about conservation. Proceeds from the event help protect land and water in the Eno River basin.
“The festival is our biggest outreach effort,” said Robin Jacobs, executive director of the Eno River Association. “People protect what they know.”
The Association has presented the festival since 1980. The Association has protected over 7,160 acres of open space in the Eno River Basin since 1966. Most of this land is in the Eno River State Park and several other local parks and natural areas.
“The festival provides an opportunity to explore the culture of the area,” said Duke Forest Director Sara Childs, who’s also a member of the Eno River Board of Directors. “The festival also engages an audience that might not otherwise think about conservation.”
Childs also appreciates the festival’s hands-on activities for children such as the amphibian and reptile display. She is also a fan of the festival’s musical acts, which this year will feature more than 60 bands on four stages. “I just love the music. I love that you see all kinds of people get up and dance together,” Childs said.
Festival Director Greg Bell said the festival’s musical acts this year will include musicians like Ruby Amanfu, a Ghanaian-born singer and songwriter based out of Nashville, as well as local groups like Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, a Southern folk and Dixieland jazz group.
“We try to have a combination of national, regional and local,” said Bell. The festival also seeks emerging acts. If you’re into music, it’s a place where you can see the headliners of tomorrow.”
Bell noted that in past years, up-and-coming groups like the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Mandolin Orange have played the festival.
To get the discount go to http://enofest.eventbrite.com and enter discount code “DukePerqs” or call (919) 620-9099, ext. 202. If necessary, leave a message; organizers will respond.”