By Hadas Kuznits

By Hadas Kuznits

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (CBS) – While some people began arriving on Thursday, the 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival officially begins today and runs through Sunday.

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“It’s the longest continuous music festival in North America,” says festival director Michael Chloren. He says it began in 1962.

Kuznits: “I mean, you pre-date Woodstock!”

Chloren: “We do!  It’s historic, and we’ve had everybody who is anybody!”

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James Bowers, 19, of Perkiomenville says he started attending with his parents as a toddler.  These days, it’s become a tradition to camp out with his friends on the grounds during Folk Festival weekend.

“I’d stay for the whole next month if they’d let me!”

So what’s it like to attend the Philadelphia Folk Festival?

“It’s like getting to live something like Woodstock, you almost feel like part of a history that doesn’t quite exist anymore, like an entity that is bigger than yourself for a weekend.”

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