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Dallas — By Tui Cameron on June 22, 2010 at 11:48 am
Filed under: bluegrass, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, festival, live music

Free State Bluegrass Music Festival

Dailey and Vincent will perform at this year's bluegrass festival.

Dailey and Vincent will perform at this year's bluegrass festival.

There will be a whole lot of picking and grinning in Canton, Texas this week as the Free State Bluegrass Music Festival comes to town June 24-26, 2010. Now in its 34th year, this family-friendly hootenanny takes place in the Canton Civic Center, and yes, it is air-conditioned – or as they say in Texas, “It has air,” since staying cool in summer is as important as breathing.

This year’s line-up includes the following musicians, plus many more:

  • Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
  • Wildwood Valley Boys
  • David Peterson & his Old Time Country Music Review
  • Louisiana Grass
  • The Keisler Brothers
  • Dailey & Vincent

A full schedule of musicians is available at the Free State Bluegrass Music Festival official website. Every effort is made to keep the show on schedule, but keep in mind that the playing times are general guidelines.

For many bluegrass music fans this festival is a yearly pilgrimage, and a chance to reconnect with friends they’ve met here over the years. Plenty of folks bring their RV’s to town and camp out for the duration since the festival has room for 600 rigs to hookup.

Food and drink stands are available on site, so it is easy to make a day of it with your family. Don’t forget that it is peach season, which means fresh produce, jams, jellies and other delectable treats will be on sale, too. The festival is held in a 35,000 square foot building, so there is lots of room for your kids to run and play, and for you to stretch your legs. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair, but leave those video cameras and digital recorders home, unless you have express written permission from a specific performing artist to use them.

In case you are wondering what the term Free State in the festival’s title means, it refers to a time in the late 1800’s when locals became fed up with the post Civil War climate and decided to secede from both Texas and the USA. Obviously, this didn’t last – or did it? According to legend, the official documents reinstating the Canton area to Texas and the USA were never found, thereby adding a dash of rebelliousness to this playful family event.

What: 34th Annual Free State Bluegrass Music Festival
When: June 24-26, 2010 from 11:30am – 9pm each day
Where: Canton Civic Center, 800 Flea Market Road, Canton, TX 75103 (map)
Price: Single day $30.00. Single Day after 5:00 p.m. $20.00. ALL three days only $75.00. Kids 11 and under are FREE with a paid adult.
Camping information: Campers are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Full Hook up $25.00 per day.
More information: Visit the Free State Bluegrass Music Festival official website.

Photo credit: Jim McGuire

Tags: bluegrass, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, festival, live music


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