By Kelly Suarez
Of The Morning Call
Platzes and venues: 6
Food: Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine reigned, along with American standards.
Beer: The search for Yuengling led to two places: Liederplatz or Festplatz. And, like today, you drank it from a plastic stein.
One vendor ticket: 25 cents
Concerts: All but the Candlelight Concerts and Bach Choir performances were free.
Who's in charge: Three people, along with the help of 320 volunteers, organized the first Musikfest.
Number of musical acts: 118
Music: The first year focused on local heritage, which resulted in a whole lot of folk, polka and European sounds.
Musikfest Mugs: Made in England of porcelain and pewter. Cost: $15
Big name performers: Don McLean and Rob Stoneback Big Band
Platzes and venues: 15
Food: The eats have gone global, from Middle Eastern to Mediterranean and Latin American.
Beer: Five platzes serve up your faves. And if you're jivin' for some home brew, you can hit up the Brew Works on Main Street.
One vendor ticket: 50 cents
Concerts: The general platz shows are free, but the 24 big name draws performing at RiverPlace, Zoellner and Moravian's Foy Hall will cost ya.
Who's in charge: ArtsQuest's full-time staff, totaling 59 in the summer, plan and run the festival, with the help of 2,000 volunteers.
Number of musical acts: 304
Music: From Celtic to reggae, from bluegrass to salsa, nearly all genres are now represented .
Attendance: 1,052,000 (2007)
Musikfest Mugs: Plastic mugs that light up. Cost: $12.50.
Big name performers: Stone Temple Pilots and Avril Lavigne
HEADLINERS THROUGH THE YEARS
1984: Don McLean
1985: Blood, Sweat and Tears
1986: Judy Collins
1987: Ray Charles
1988: Tito Puente and the Latin Jazz Ensemble
1989: Johnny Rivers
1990: Marie Osmond
1991: Little River Band
1993: Gordon Lightfoot
1994: George Benson
1995: Everly Brothers
1996: All 4 One
1997: Blessid Union of Souls
1998: Savage Garden
1999: Hootie and the Blowfish
2000: Sugar Ray
2004: Clay Aiken
2005: Keith Urban
2006: LL Cool J
2008: Avril Lavigne
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