Architectural Technology Club
Most people who come to MerleFest have no idea how much good the money they spend on food helps the community of Wilkes County and beyond. One example is the work of Wilkes Community College’s Architectural Technology Club. Through a contract with MerleFest, the club receives funds for assisting the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse. That money is used to purchase gifts for children whose names are on the Angel Tree at Christmas and to assist club members who are struggling financially. They also use the funds to take students on trips to nationally recognized monuments and buildings.
Club faculty advisor, Tim Lackey, comments that his students gain a great sense of pride from volunteering at such a large event. "They really enjoy the experience and the community involvement. They get to meet a wide range of people and get to experience the music and food. It is always a fun event that keeps them talking for months!"