It’s once again time for the Blazin’ Bluegrass annual Springfest fundraiser at the Sandhill RV Camp on June 9, 10, and 11. The annual June event is a primary fundraiser for McCreary County’s Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival scheduled this year for September 15-17.
This year’s Springfest features more bands including Host Band C.F. Bailey and Shadow Ridge. Thursday night is a no admission open mic night from 5:00 to 9:30. Admission on Friday night is $5.00 and features gospel music. Bands scheduled from 5:00 until 10:00 p.m. on Friday are Southern Grace, West Liberty Mountain Bluegrass, Higher Tradition, Israel Clark and Friends, Chimney Rock Boys, Joyful Noise, and Open Rail. Saturday’s music begins at noon and ends at 10:00 p.m. with opening act C.F. Bailey and Shadow Ridge followed by West Liberty Mountain Bluegrass, Higher Tradition, Cumberland River String Band, Israel Clark and Friends, Chimney Rock Boys, Joyful Noise, and Open Rail. There is a ten dollar admission on Saturday. Three day tickets can be purchased for ten dollars.
In addition to the scheduled entertainment, there are plans for open band try-outs each night for a spot in the 2016 Fall Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival.
Springfest offers the perfect opportunity for a week of camping at Sandhill. In addition to the scheduled events, there will be potluck with picking and grinning under the shelter on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday preceding Thursday’s launch of Spring Fest.
Organizers of Springfest are excited about the variety of concessions being sold this year.
“The food is going to be so good,” volunteer Nina Bradley remarked. “We’re planning on BBQ pork, baked beans, hot dogs, nachos, all kinds of side dishes, and yummy homemade desserts!”
Volunteer Larry Davis points out that all of the Springfest and Blazin’ Bluegrass organizers are non-paid volunteers.
“Every dime we raise goes to the festivals,” Davis commented. “We are so thankful for all of the help and support we get from the community, including Sandra Cundiff and Milton Morrow for their food and drink donations. Everyone works together on this. We do it all for the love of bluegrass.”