On Saturday afternoon, June 8, the white tent at the north end of Depot Street in downtown Boone was blowing up. The Boonerang Music and Arts Festival was already described as a success as the crowd, the live music and infectious positive vibes surrounding the event were undeniable.

What was coming true at this inaugural High Country celebration of arts and jams was the fulfillment of the festival’s name, Boonerang, which describes the phenomena of folks who come to Boone and its natural surroundings — either through attending Appalachian State University or by growing up here — and then leaving the area to make a living somewhere else only to return when their careers can be adapted to mountain life.

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