BY MEGAN RYDBERG
In addition to the MusicFest ‘n Sugar Grove main stage, the 2011 event will feature a secondary, solar-powered stage. Many talented acts are scheduled to appear on the MusicFest Solar Stage, including Upright & Breathin’, Sweetbriar Jam and Surefire. To see the full line-up, click here.
A mainstay of MusicFest since 2007, the Solar Stage is yet another way the festival promotes sustainability practices within the community. The sole power source of the Solar Stage is “Daisy,” which is provided by the Department of Technology and Environmental Design at Appalachian State University. “Daisy” is a miniature home that draws solar and wind power.
MusicFest ‘n Sugar Grove uses the Solar Stage to lessen the impact on the environment and to educate festival attendees about alternative energies. The ongoing effort to make MusicFest a sustainable event is supported by Cove Creek Preservation and Development and the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program at Appalachian State University.