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MSUFCU Sponsors Great Lakes Folk Festival

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Published: Aug 21, 2017

Celebrating Cultures Across the Globe at the Great Lakes Folk Festival

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From Friday, August 11, to Sunday, August 13, 2017, community members gathered in Downtown East Lansing for the Great Lakes Folk Festival. The tenth annual event, hosted by the Michigan State University Museum, is a celebration of national and international cultures. The Credit Union is pleased to continue to support the weekend-long event through sponsorship.


Each year, scents of fried bread and zippy notes of lemon fill the air, as the hum of guitar strings and the steady beating of drums form a crescendo near each performance stage. Pairs of Polka dancers and art vendors alike, decorate the streets of Downtown East Lansing. This unique experience connects the community to a celebration of national and international culture. Helping educate and immerse festival-goers in the traditions held by a variety of cultures. The Credit Union is proud to help connect community members with diverse experiences, such as those offered at the Great Lakes Folk Festival.


This connection between culture and community is longstanding. The Great Lakes Folk Festival was founded by MSU professors, husband and wife, C. Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell. Prior to the festival’s creation, the husband-wife team traveled Michigan to gather folk musicians and artists. This led to the formation of the National Folk Festival, which took place in East Lansing from 1999 until 2001. It can be said that the National Folk Festival paved the way for the birth of the Great Lakes Folk Festival, in 2002. Since then, Downtown East Lansing has become the destination to explore food, music, and dance from around the world.


We believe by celebrating different backgrounds and experiences, we can help cultivate diversity and create an inclusive community. As an organization, we welcome unique perspectives and believe they are critical to success. To learn more about the history of the festival and the performances, please click here.