In the early years of MerleFest history, a raccoon was chosen as the mascot for MerleFest in honor of Merle Watson’s band, Frosty Morn. Merle and Doc, along with Joe Smothers, Bob Hill, and T. Michael Coleman, made up the original Frosty Morn band. It was Merle who suggested they use the raccoon as their logo, therefore it was fitting that a festival to honor Merle should also be represented by the critter.
Not too much later, a naming contest was held for the raccoon. Flattop was chosen as the most fitting name since that is the common name of the type of guitar played by Merle and Doc.
Today, Flattop is synonymous with MerleFest. The raccoon logo appears on MerleFest programs, posters, signs, clothing, and even our letterhead and envelopes. Flattop appears at each festival to greet guests and play with children. He can often be found at the Little Pickers Area where he’s happy to give hugs and autographs.
Flattop is the representative of MerleFest, and given his history, we wouldn’t want it any other way.
New for 2011:
Find Flattop on Facebook and follow his journeys all year long! www.facebook.com/merlefestflattop
In 2011, Flattop will be making special appearances on stages, in different areas, and at contests. Check back here to see his full schedule!