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American Folk Festival Introduces Text-To-Give Option

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Festival supporters can donate to annual festival through texting feature

BANGOR, MAINE – The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront relies on nearly $1 million in donations, grants, and sponsorships to operate every year. As the festival is open-to-all and a no-admission event, none of that operational money comes from attendees purchasing tickets to the festival. The business community and festival-goers from around the world have stepped up every year to show their support for the variety of cultures represented through music, dance, craft, and food at the American Folk Festival, and that support just got a little easier with the opportunity to “text-to-give.”

“It’s a very simple two-step process to use “Text-to-Give,” so we’re calling it the ‘Festival Two-Step’,” said Heather McCarthy, Executive Director of the American Folk Festival. “Understanding that we become less and less of a cash-on-hand society every year, we were trying to find the easiest, most universal way for festival-goers to still contribute. Text-to-give seems to fulfill any needs we have while offering ease and incentives for attendees.”

To donate through texting, text BUCKET to 20222 and reply to the message received. That reply will trigger a one-time donation of $10 which will be added to cell phone user’s mobile phone bill.

While the text-to-give feature is available throughout the months of August and September, festival-goers looking to receive an “I Kicked In” sticker (indicating a donation) and a set of beads (indicating the suggested donation of $10 or more was given) still have the opportunity to collect those incentives during festival weekend.

“Anyone using the text-to-give option only need to show a member of the Bucket Brigade the confirmation text they received to claim their I Kicked In sticker and set of beads,” said McCarthy. “Both the stickers and – more recently – the beads have become like a badge of honor for people who are proud to support this festival. Texting to give will not take away the opportunity for that badge.”

The Bucket Brigade – teams of volunteers with buckets collecting money – will still be accepting good ol’ fashioned cash throughout American Folk Festival weekend. Those looking to donate online without the use of texting can also donate through the American Folk Festival app available for Android or iPhone, as well as the festival’s website at

The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront is scheduled for August 26th, 27th, and 28th and celebrates the roots, the richness and the variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Festival is supported entirely by public donations that make it possible to continue to present the Festival in our community.

For more information about the 2016 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront, please visit or call 207-262-7763.

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