The Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is officially a wrap. Four days of significant amounts of sunshine, music, and comradery, came to an end on Sunday night with festival-favorite, Brooklyn-based Americana rock band Yarn closing down the party.
While the festival drew in nearly 5,000 music lovers from far and wide, the purpose behind the festival was evident to many, as more than 200 volunteers donated time to making this year’s event a success. Rooster Walk, which began as a one-day gathering of family and friends eight years ago to celebrate the lives of Edwin “the Rooster” Penn and Walker Shank, two Martinsville friends who died nearly a year apart while only in their early twenties, has evolved into a signature community event and fundraiser for the Martinsville school system.
“You won’t go far without finding a family or community connection,” said Beth Baptist, mother of William Baptist, one of the festival founders. “Everything at Rooster Walk has meaning and purpose behind it. I tear up just talking about it. This festival has really helped the families and the community with the grieving process.”