Mayfest Bluegrass Festival

Mayfest Bluegrass Festival

Mayfest Bluegrass Festival

Lowell, Michigan

Every month of May, the membership-based West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association holds its annual Mayfest Bluegrass Festival. In 2010, the association, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the bluegrass heritage, had celebrated its fifteenth festival with an all-star lineup that includes the Chapmans, Cats and The Fiddler, and R.J. Thomas and the Windy Mountain Boys.

Camping and Other Amenities

The campsite is available to both primitive and RV campers although slots with electrical hookups are limited. Covered grounds are also offered for the festival’s concerts and jamming sessions. A portion of the parking lot will also be reserved for picking sessions.

Festival Activities

Besides great performances from both local and regional bluegrass bands, festival patrons can also look forward to an activity-packed weekend. Those who’ll be camping at the festival grounds can indulge their musical passions all day long with the various picking and jamming sessions available. For those interested to hone their instrument-playing skills, workshops for fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic guitar players are part of the festival’s itinerary. They’re all absolutely free – just bring your favorite instrument and get ready to strut your stuff! For those new to playing music, consider joining the beginner’s slow jam session.

The Band Scramble is an all-time favorite among perennial attendees. Participants are randomly selected to form new bands and given a brief period of time to practice before their on-stage performance.

Another much-loved festival activity is the Potluck Supper and in which for-sharing-dishes will serve as your passes to the event.

A barn sale, farmer’s market, and a silent auction are also available on site. Make sure to watch out for the bake sale if you want a taste of the most delectable pastries in the area. Various children’s activities have also been scheduled all throughout the festival to keep young patrons entertained.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate or via direct mail. Discounts are offered for advance purchases.

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Jim Firestone September 26, 2010 at 6:00 am

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