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If you enjoy the country and folk music that dates back to the days of the pioneers,  Le Mars, Iowa is the place to be this week.

The 40th annual “National Old Time Country, Bluegrass, and Folk Music Festival” at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds kicks off Monday morning. The week-long event will include various workshops, arts & crafts, a flea market, six dances, and ten stages, with over 650 performers.

The festival’s founder has stressed the importance of preserving the aging musical genres on display.

“If we can understand where we came from in the past, we can understand a little bit better of where we’re going in the future,” said National Traditional Country Music Association President, Bob Everhart in a television interview last year.” But just to let it die, like anything that happened, is to probably say we don’t care for our past anymore.”

This year, the festival will showcase musicians from around the world.

The festival starts Monday and runs from nine in the morning to midnight every day through Sunday night.

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