If you haven’t made plans yet to attend the TriState Bluegrass Festival over Memorial Day weekend, there is still time. Surprise your family with a low-cost, family-friendly vacation. Campers and bluegrass music lovers from far and wide will be converging on the Noble County Fairgrounds in Kendallville to enjoy music, camping and renewing friendships.
Even if camping isn’t your thing, plan to go for the day and enjoy several hours of top-notch bluegrass bands on stage and wander the grounds to watch the nearly 24/7 parking lot pickin’ that TriState is famous for.
A weekend ticket ($35 for adults, children 15 and under are free) will get you stage shows on Thursday and Friday nights, shows all day Saturday and Sunday, plus all workshops, kids’ activities and camping for Friday through Sunday nights. There is a $10 per night charge for camping if you arrive before Friday, and a one-time $10 electric fee.
A new event this year will be the debut of previous Grammy Award winner, Clay Hess’s new CD on Pinecastle. Be the first to hear his new project! Other local, regional and national bands include Feller and Hill, the Freight Hoppers, Nu Blu, Billy Droze, Art Stevenson and Highwater, Dyer Switch, Po’ Rambling Boys, Vern McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, Blue Holler Band, Open Highway Band and more. Something for everyone…guaranteed!
Still not sure if bluegrass is your thing? Go on Thursday night, May 24, for FREE to check it out! As part of their commitment to sharing the “bluegrass experience” with the community, and to thank Kendallville for hosting their twice-yearly festivals for the last 28 years, there will be stage shows all evening and you are free to wander the grounds to listen to the campers’ jams. Bring your bluegrass acoustic instrument and join in!
TriState Bluegrass Festival is hosted by the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All proceeds from their festivals go to promoting bluegrass music and education through scholarships, free school and community concerts/programs, workshops, and educational materials. NIBGA also sponsors monthly jams during the winter months which are free and open to the public.
These events are staffed solely by volunteers who spend many hours, year-around, planning and implementing the festivals. If you’d like to be a part of this organization, or just want more information on the festival and daily prices, check out the website at www.BluegrassUSA.net, or call 260-918-4790.
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