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Entry from September 11, 2007
Kerrvert or Kervert (Kerrville resident or Kerrville folk festival enthusiast)

"Kerrvert” (sometimes lower-case as “kerrvert,” and also sometimes “Kervert,” like “pervert") is a Kerrville resident or an enthusiast of the Kerrville Folk Festival. Kinky Friedman—who resides near Kerrville—often uses the term, cited in print from at least the mid-1980s. Usage note: Most “Kerrvillians” detest the term “Kerrvert.”

According to the Kerrville Folk Festival lexicon, a first-timer is a “kerrvirgin,” and someone who stays for the entire festival is a “kerrvivor.”

An inhabitant of Kerrville has standardly been called a “Kerrvillian” (cited in print since 1873) or a “Kerrvillite” (cited in print since 1920).


Wikipedia: Kerrville
Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas, United States. The population was 20,425 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Kerr County. Kerrville is named for James Kerr, a major in the Texas Revolution, and friend of town founder Joshua Brown, who settled in the area to start a cypress shingle camp.

Located in the Texas Hill Country, Kerrville is best known for its nearby youth summer camps, Guadalupe River RV parks, Texas’ Official State Arts & Crafts Fair, the Home of HEB Grocery Stores & James Avery Jewelry, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and Schreiner University. 

Urban Dictionary
1. kerrvert
kerrvert is a volunteer, sponsor, or rabid fan of the kerrville folk festival and its atmosphere.
we stayed with a bunch of kerrverts at camp naked the first weekend of the festival.
by st3phen texas hell country May 28, 2006

2. kerrvert
any resident of Kerrville, Texas that will stare, point, whistle, catcall, or make other derogatory gestures or comments upon seeing members of the same or opposite sex, esp any form of breast
That Kerrvert keeps staring at my manboobs
Quick everyone for themselves the Kerrverts are coming
by superdork Mar 28, 2005

Urban Dictionary
kerrville
A small city with a population of about 25,000 located in the beautiful Texas hill country about 55 miles NW of San Antonio on I-10.

Kerrville is home to Schreiner University, the original HEB grocery store, the original James Avery Craftsman, Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital, one of the highest rated in the area among many other things.

Kerrville is known for its high retirement population and is considered one of the best places to retire in the United States due to the temperate, dry climate and top notch health care. There are some beautiful scenic views around the city usually near the Guadalupe River.

Also see Kerrvert.
Kerrville is small but there is plenty to do
by Sandy345 Texas Aug 26, 2006

Kerrville Festivals
The Kerrville Folk Festival is held annually at the Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 miles south of Kerrville on Texas Hwy 16. Starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May, the music continues for 18 days with performances by more than 100 singer songwriters and their bands. Interspersed between weekends are workshops in songwriting, blues guitar, and harmonica. The annual Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition is held on the first weekend and draws 32 of the best of America’s emerging songwriters. Award winners are recognized at a special concert on the second weekend.  The Texas Folk Music Foundation sponsors the Professional Development Program for Teachers the second mid-week of the festival and is a great way for teachers to earn continuing education credits while learning how to utilize music as a teaching tool.

The Kerrville Folk Festival is a great place to be for Kerrverts of All Ages! 

8 June 1983, New Braunfels (TX) Herald-Zeitung, “Fest unfazed by rain” by Dyanne Fry, pg. 6C, col. 3:
But other Kerrverts were interested in getting back to their tents to look for dry clothes.

15 December 1985, Dallas Morning News:
He was watching scenes from the Kerrville Folk festival, that gathering of the Kerrverts for their annual music blowout.

25 May 1989, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Family plays together at annual Kerrville Folk Festival” by Casey Monahan, pg. D1:
Monikers such as “Kerrverts” are used to describe fans who return to the…

Google Groups: rec.music.folk
Newsgroups: rec.music.folk
From: (Prentiss Riddle)
Date: 31 May 91 12:42:09 GMT
Local: Fri, May 31 1991 8:42 am
Subject: Kerrville trip report

I just returned from the first weekend of the Kerrville Folk Festival and I thought I’d indulge in a trip report.
(...)
Finally, Christine Lavin topped even the zaniness of Trout Fishing with her off-the-wall humor.  Personally I don’t like her new material as much as her old stuff, but she’s a hoot anyway.  Naturally she got a bunch of Kerrverts to back her up on “Sensitive New Age Guys”, but then she had the sound crew slap on a tape and turned the whole stage into a Busby Berkeley musical, complete with glow-in-the-dark baton twirling. I’m not sure that choreography to prerecorded material is still within the realm of what I’d call “folk music”, but what the hell, it was fun.

22 May 1992, San Antonio Express-News, pg. 20C:
Kerrverts, the Kerrville Folk Festival faithful are sometimes called. the true-blue among them camp tent-to-tent on the 20-acre festival grounds. 

Google Groups: rec.music.folk
Newsgroups: rec.music.folk
From:
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1993 22:07:57 GMT
Local: Mon, Jun 7 1993 6:07 pm
Subject: Re: Re: Michelle Shocked: Texas Campfire Rip-Off

blah blah blah… I’m not a huge Michelle Shocked Fan, but I am a big Kerrvert (although I have only been so for 2 years now).

The campfire tapes were recorded at the Kerrville Folk Festival Campfires. For those of you who don’t know what the campfires are, let me explain.

26 May 1994, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Gathering of the Kerrverts: Folk festival tunes up for its 23rd year” by John T. Davis, pg. 9:
... for the patrons, familiarly known as “Kerrverts,” the festival is a source of ...

8 June 1995, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Kerrville continues its 24th annual celebration of simpler life” by John Beatty, pg. 10: 
Clearly the longtime and the less-seasoned Kerrverts know what we Kerrvirgins do not: the nature of chigger bites and how to avoid them. 

Google Groups: rec.music.dylan
Newsgroups: rec.music.dylan
From: (A1pump)
Date: 1998/09/30
Subject: Re: Kinky Freedman

It was Kerrville. To quote Kinky “I’m from Kerville Texas. Yup, I’m a kervert.”

Kerrville Ramblings (June 2000) by Minna Morse
A sprightly guy with a full white beard and rainbow-colored beret, Vern seemed to have endless reserves of energy. Though he really needed to run off somewhere, he took the time to explain Kerrville’s lexicon to me, from “Kerrgins” (first-timers) to “Kerrverts” (converts to the musical and spiritual high that is Kerrville) to “Kerrvivors” (anyone who stays the whole three weeks, as he and Lenore do). Never, I noted - fighting off a sleepy yawn - did he mention “Kerrfew.”

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Newsgroups: alt.radio.broadcasting
From: “Joe Bevilacqua”
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 10:19:58 GMT
Local: Tues, May 1 2001 6:19 am
Subject: RE: ONE SONG AT A TIME: TALES FROM THE KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL

Bevilacqua admits, “When I arrived at Kerrville, I was a Kerrvirgin.  While I was there, I became a Kerrvivor.  And I left a Kerrvert.”

2003 Kerrville Folk Festival
KERRVILLIANS
From around the world people of all ages and walks of life already consider Kerrville “home”. And each year new “Kerverts” are added to the family. 

American Profile
Folk Music’s Spiritual Home
by Leanna Skarnulis
first appeared: 5/2/2004
(...)
People from all walks of life find communion in music when they enter the Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles from Kerrville, Texas, (pop. 20,425) for the Kerrville Folk Festival. For 18 days beginning the Thursday before Memorial Day, 30,000 people—musical legends, amateurs, fans, and families—descend on the ranch for a family reunion of sorts, where long-time attendees (Kerrverts) greet newcomers (Kerrgins) with “Welcome home.”

Kerrverts
Kerverts and Other Friends

Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine
Monday, June 20, 2005
What’s the Kinkster’s Position on this Important Issue?
MySA.com: Metro | State: “KERRVILLE — Entering the final leg of a $4 million building fund drive, Dietert Senior Center leaders are considering a non-traditional way to raise cash: a naked-biker calendar.
(...)
Kinky Friedman is a “kervert” (which is what he calls residents of Kerrville), and since he’s running for governor, he should get in on this calendar deal.

Google Books
Texas Hold ‘Em:
How I was born in a manger, died in the saddle, and came back as a horny toad
by Kinky Friedman
New York: St. Martin’s Griffin
2005
Pg. 211 (Start Talkin’: A Guide to Kinkybonics):
Kerrvert: A resident of Kerrville, Texas.

Google Books
Labels for Locals:
What to call people from Abilene to Zimbabwe

By Paul Dickson
New York, NY: Collins
2006
Pg. 127:
Kerrville, Texas. Kerrvillians to most, but musician and writer Kinky Friedman has called them Kerrverts. Writing in the Houston Post for March 7, 1991, he maintained: “I’ve often said about my fellow ‘Kerrverts’ that the only Jews they know in Kerrville are Kinky Friedman and Jesus Christ, which can be a little tedious at times.”

Folk Alley Blog
Confessions of a “Kerr-virgin”
May 22, 2007
(or a Wide-Eyed View by a First Timer)
In less than 24 hours, it will be my great pleasure to head off to the 36th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival on the rolling hills of the Quiet Valley Ranch in the beautiful wildflower-strewn Texas Hill Country, just south of the quaint little town of Kerrville, Texas. But before I cram that last little camping item into my sedan, roll up the windows and head off into the sunset, let me tell you a little about my experiences from last year’s Kerrville Folk Festival - my “first”.

Now you see, first timers out there on the ranch are referred to as “Kerrvirgins”, and that I was, both wide-eyed and full of wonder! 

Posted by Barry Popik
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