CAIRO, W.Va. – The 19th annual Bluegrass Festival at North Bend State Park features seven bands over a two-day period, May 10-11. Bluegrass weekends are popular across the United States, from Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, to “Pickin’ in Parsons” in West Virginia. “We’re not the biggest festival, but the talent and music is great. It is a family atmosphere and the price is reasonable,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator at this state park located in Ritchie County. The festival also includes craft vendors and concessions.
The festival will take place at North Bend’s amphitheater. Seating is available, or attendees may bring a chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, the bands play in Shelter #3 nearby. A refreshment concession on site helps support the park expenses for this event; however, coolers are permitted, but alcohol is not.
A Friday-only ticket is $10 and a Saturday-only ticket is $25 per person and available at North Bend Lodge or the event gate. Overnight packages are available at the park lodge and cabins as well as a camping rate that includes festival and campsite.
North Bend Bluegrass Festival Bands are:
Friday, May 10
, features The Hart Brothers (www.thehartbrothers.com
), 6 p.m.; Remington Ryde (www.remingtonryde.com
), 7 p.m.; The Hillbilly Gypsies (www.thehillbillygypsies.com
), 8 p.m.; and Carolina Road (www.carolinaroadband.com
), 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 11
, includes Buddy Griffin and Ashley Messenger (www.retroandsmiling.com
), 1 p.m.; Carolina Road, 2 p.m.; Buck and Company (www.buckandcompany.com
), 3 p.m.; Remington Ryde, 4 p.m.; The Hart Brothers, 5 p.m.; The Sheppard Brothers (www.thesheppardbrothers.com
), 6 p.m.; Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys (www.johnnystaats.com
), 7-9 p.m.; The Hillbilly Gypsies, 9 p.m. to the conclusion of the festival. The Master of Ceremonies is Butch Sheppard.
For information about North Bend State Park, accommodations, restaurant, activities and events, visit www.northbendsp.com
or call 304-643-2931.
Ken Zebo, Activities Coordinator