"While having a rural festival in one of the world's largest cities is an oxymoron, the irony proved to work, bringing in submissions from all around the world and attracting city slickers who were curious about the country, and country folk who had moved to the city but wanted to reconnect with home," the website states. The festival has allowed the founders "to place similar artists together whose work might otherwise be ignored or lost within the programming of broader based festivals."
The festival travels on tour every year, making stops across the country in large cities and small, rural towns. This year's tour is starting this weekend in Decorah, Iowa. Tour stops can be booked on the website, and this year's schedule of events can be found here.