Three-day Madrid Bluegrass Festival starts Friday; dozen bands to perform
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 4:49 pm

MADRID -- The Madrid Bluegrass Festival is back for another weekend of great bluegrass music Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 25-27, with a few events preceding the music festival.

Featured musical guests this year are Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa from Maryland, Acoustic Blue from Massachusetts, James Reams Bluegrass Barnstormers from Brooklyn, and Beartracks from Cadyville.

They will join old friends Digger Davis and Tombstone, Spare Change, Foodstamp Ramblers, The Old Barn Boys, Pat Ashley, Leatherwood Valley, Generation Gap, and the Madrid Gospel Group.

North Country Public Radio host and musician Barb Heller is once again handling the emcee duties.

Campers have already begun arriving at the park by the Grasse River, and many like to arrive by Wednesday to be ready for the annual ice cream social that evening at 7 p.m., sponsored by the United Church of Madrid and featuring entertainment by the renowned Norwood Brass Firemen.

On Thursday evening a spaghetti dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. in the community hall at the park.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the Madrid Library has a used book sale at the park. All proceeds benefit Madrid Library.

Starting Friday, it’s all bluegrass. The bands are on stage starting at about 2 p.m., continuing into the evening, and followed by a country music dance in the community building at 9 p.m. Also check the concert schedule for several instrument workshops, where you can learn about the fiddle, dobro, mandolin, banjo and songwriting. Food concessions run from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, there will be lots of music, food, fireworks at night, and a foot-race in the morning to get things going.

In the morning, the 14th annual Madrid Bluegrass Ramble, which includes half marathon and 10K runs and a 5K run/walk, get started with registration at 7 p.m. at the Madrid Library. All festival folks wearing a full weekend wristband join the ramble at half price. Check out our website and click over to the Bluegrass Ramble site for More registration information is at the festival web site, web.northnet.org/madridbluegrassfest.

Back at the community building they will be gearing up for the annual chicken barbecue Saturday at noon.

A full 12 hours of bluegrass music is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. That day a Dave Nichols custom pearl inlay guitar, donated by Dave, will be raffled off. At the end of the show Saturday several lottery ticket door prizes are given away. The fireworks display starts at about 10 p.m.

Sunday morning there is an “all you can eat” breakfast starting at 8 a.m., followed by the Madrid Gospel Group’s traditional performance at 9 a.m. A wristband is not required for breakfast but is required for the gospel music.

Bluegrass music continues until 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Other attractions during the weekend include the ninth annual children’s fishing derby on Saturday, a large playground, crafters, food concession, raffles, and more.

A full weekend admission is $28 US. For Friday only it’s $8; Saturday only, $16; Sunday only, $10. Children 12 and under are admitted for free if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Rough camping is $6 per night.

For more info, call Les Haas at 322-4093 or email madridbluegrass@hotmail.com.

The festival website is web.northnet.org/madridbluegrassfest.