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On the cover — the

banjostand

Pictured here at the Raleigh Convention Center Plaza

is Bruno Luchessi’s iconic Sir Walter Raleigh sculpture,

enhanced by artist Bland Hoke’s temporary public art

piece, Banjostand. Commissioned by the Raleigh Arts

Commission for the City of Raleigh, Banjostand is created

from hundreds of cast-off banjo parts and has become a

destination place each year for those attending the wildly

popular International Bluegrass Music Association’s

World of Bluegrass Conference and events.

The 2016 World of Bluegrass event was held in Raleigh

from Sept. 27-Oct. 1 and included: the three-day IBMA

Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music

Awards Show, Bluegrass Ramble and the two-day PNC

presents Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. This year’s World

of Bluegrass week was record-breaking with 217,225

people attending the events associated with World of

Bluegrass and generating $11.5 million in direct visitor

spending.

Photo by Bryan Regan