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MerleFest Reflections 1992


1992 flood almost ruins the grounds for the festival

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Rain plagued several festivals in the early years. Merely days before the 1992 festival, Moravian Creek flooded the festival grounds and the lower campus buildings. The Boomer Fire Department helped pump water away on the Monday and Tuesday before the festival.

Along with being filmed, the 1992 festival introduced the MerleFest mascot—the big, friendly raccoon you see ambling around the grounds. Why a raccoon? Based on his suggestion, Merle’s band, Frosty Morn, used a raccoon as its logo. A naming contest gave Flattop his name – a truly fitting one because of Merle and Doc’s mastery of the flattop guitar. The Doc Watson Guitar Championship began in 1992 as well.