"What is your favorite part of the folklife festival?" Staff writer Carol Krucoff and photographer Craig Herndon went to the Mall to ask people what they like best about the Smithsonian Institution's 12th Annual Festival of American Folklife. Lynda Keese, 25, 16th and Holly streets NW: "I like the D.C. Street Life exhibit, particularly hearing one of the street men singing. I like to see people who are part of the city and part of our culture get recognition." Jon W. Kelly, 30, Alexandria: "I'm partial to the marachi band, and I heard that the Mexican food is good, too. I also like the church gospel music." Kathryn Stewart, 6, Beltsville: "Going through the coal mine was the most fun. My brother thought there'd be witches and ghosts inside, but it wasn't scary. It was fun." Larry Flynn, 49, Baltimore: "The thing I like best is the people and the way they're entering into the spirit of it. Older people and younger people are all getting involved." Eric Grayton, 12, Martin Luther King Avenue and Portland Street SE: "I like the model of the oil refinery because they showed the whole oil-digging machine.I like the music, too." Bill Jones, 41, West Virginia: "Being from West Virginia I like the music, especially blue grass and spirituals." Dave Bosserman, 38, Alexandria: "I just came for the Mexican music. They're really the best and very professional. I think this is one of the best of the small festivals they've put together."