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New for 2015:
Thursday 6 pm Band Contest w/ 5:30 pm Kickoff Show!
Winning Band Receives: A $300 Cash Prize, Free Lunch Each Day,Photo Session by Tabor Chichakly Photography, NBB Website Ad & link for 1 year, Bragging rights for life!
To Compete: Contact us by email by August 25th.
Your Staycation Destination For Labor Day Weekend Every Year
|Wednesday||September 2, 2015||
Early Bird Camping begins AFTER 10AM
|Thursday||September 3, 2015||
WEEKEND Passes begin AFTER 3 PM Band Contest Kickoff Show at 5:30 PM
|Friday||September 4, 2015||Festival Show 10 AM - 8 PM
6 Music Workshops 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
|Saturday||September 5, 2015||
Festival Show 10 AM - 8 PM
|Sunday||September 6, 2015||
Festival Show 10 AM - 3 PM
|Monday||September 7, 2015||Weekend Campers exit festival by 4 PM|
Early Bird Camping & Field Picking begins AFTER 10AM
on Wednesday, September 2, 2015
|Early Bird Camping||Pet Policy||Advance Tickets|
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North Branch Bluegrass Festival will be opening the gate early to campers and field pickers!
Beginning AFTER 10 AM on WEDNESDAY September 2, 2015, we'll open up for an extra night for a $10 per person requested festival donation added to the price of your weekend ticke to help offset our extra costs for insurance and porta potties. Bring your well-behaved friends and field-pick to your heart's delight. All festival admission fees are due in full upon arrival please. FYI: We do not accept electronic money or out of state checks. There is an ATM at the local store 2 miles away. Remeber that our festival is on a holiday andrural ATMs sometimes run out of cash to dispense on busy holiday weekends.
Advance weekend tickets are available by mail for $50 each. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope and check or money order made payable to "Heather Kennedy" and send to: R & H Kennedy, North Branch Bluegrass Festival, 74 Chateauguay Road, Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035. If no SASE is enclosed, tickets will be held for you at the gate. Requests must be postmarked by July 10, 2015. Advance tickets are not refundable. Your weekend ticket begins after 3 PM on Thursday. Thursday night campers are asked to please stay out of the concert area until after 5 PM while we finish setting up for the 5:30 pm Band Competeiton Kickoff show and 6 pm Band Competition.
Our 2015 LineUp...* Back to Top
...with our Best-Beloved MC: Don "The Story Man" Sprague...
...is chuckerblock full of gifted musicians, all promising to deliver you a great bluegrass show. They're also prepared to teach you a musical thing or two if you choose to attend one of the 16 music workshops workshops they'll be hosting.
You'll notice that many of our bands will be attending our whole festival. That's sure to result in some flaming hot field picking sessions out in the camping area. We invite you to make plans for your own field-picker's musical holiday here with us.
We proudly present for your listening and learning pleasure...
Laney Jones & Lively Spirits (FL/MA) Saturday
Dyer Switch Band (NY)
Jersey Corn Pickers (NJ/PA)
Lunch At The Dump (NH)
Barnyard Birds (MA) Friday
* lineup info may be subject to updates and changes
Sound Mix by Mount Hollywood Studio
For a Performance & Workshop schedule, please click here
Thursday September 3 rd
5:30 pm Kickoff Show and 6 pm Competition
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Free rough camping included with a 3 day Weekend pass. RV's, campers, and tent camping welcome.
See our Pet Policy below.
1) Camping on festival grounds is limited to those 18 years or over or else you must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent who can be legally responsible for you. At registration, liability waivers will need to be signed by ALL campers staying overnight at the festival.
2) Pack it in...Pack it out. Please leave the field as beautiful as you found it.
3) We currently have happy neighbors. We wish to be respectful of EVERYONE's right to a good night's sleep. You may play music all night long but a lower volume is appreciated.
4) Our existing "No Nonsense or Rude Behavior" policy, "No Visible Alcohol" policy, and all other festival rules must be obeyed at all times. We want everyone to have a safe and happy weekend.
5) No Open Fires - All fires must be contained in a firepit that will not damage or scorch the field. You must have a container of water nearby your firepit at all times in case of gusty winds. Please do not leave your fire unattended. Absolutely No Digging or rock fireplaces -This is our farm's hayfield. Firepits Only. When you go home.....ALL FIREPITS MUST BE DUMPED OUT INTO THE LARGE COMMON CAMPFIRE FIREPIT.
6) Generators quiet 10 pm - 8 am.
7) Obnoxious persistent use of generators is not allowed at our festival.
Other Camping Information:
Access: The festival grounds is a huge open field that is essentially flat with a few rolling undulations. The soil is well-drained. We have safely accommodated Campers and Motorhomes of all sizes on the field. If you have a really large vehicle, you may find the sharp left turn down the festival grounds at the end of the oak chapel bridge a bit challenging. If you stay on the tar road and drive up to the next bend, on the right is Martin Excavating's shop. It has a large parking lot which we are allowed to use as a turnaround. Please be courteous when using.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES head up the dirt road (Braley Road) at the end of the oak chapel bridge...THERE IS NO TURNAROUND up the hill.
Dumping Station: Looking for a dumping station for your camper? We don't have one of our own but there's a nearby State Park in every direction from here that does. They charge around $15 to dump and allow off the highway tourist use.
Water: There is a limited supply of non-drinking water. You will need to fill your camper tanks before you come. We'll have a small pump and a bucket you can borrow for refilling. Half-litre bottled spring water for drinking is available when the food concession is open.
Saved spots: Sorry, there are no saved spots at North Branch. It's first come-first served.
Camper Parking Shape: Campers must park in rows at our festival, we do not allow boxed in courtyards...we think they're unfriendly and unsafe in the event of a fire or medical emergency. Campers are most welcome to face each other awning to awning but all campers must be perpendicular to the fire safety roads.
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With 25 acres available, we have the perfect grounds for dogs to play and enjoy the festival. Unfortunately, insurance restrictions, our own liabilities, and local regulations require that we must limit the activities of your best friend. so, here's what we've come up with....
Dogs will be allowed at the North Branch Bluegrass Festival only under the following conditions:
1) No "day dogs". You must be a weekend camper in order to bring your dog.
2) You must have proof of vaccination certificate with you. No dogs will be allowed in without actual paperwork.
3) You must sign a waiver of liability form in order for us to allow you in.
4) All dogs must stay in the camping area. NO DOGS ALLOWED in concert area or parking areas.
5) You are required to clean up after your pet.
6) Dogs must stay on leashes (Town Leash Law).
7) Our "No Nonsense or Rude Behavior" policy applies to everyone...including your dog. If your dog barks too much or bothers folks, we'll need to ask you to leave for the good of the festival.
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The North Branch Bluegrass festival is a field-picking musician's festival. Our professional musicians will be hosting workshops each day throughout the weekend. These are free and are open to everyone, regardless of skill level. Festival goers are welcome to attend as many workshops as they please. Our Workshop Schedule:
Friday 9/4/15 Saturday 9/5/15 Sunday 9/6/15 11:30 AM Bondville Boys
Livestock- Banjo 12:30 PM
Lunch At The Dump- Bass
Jersey Corn Pickers- Dobro Jersey Corn Pickers- Bass 1:30 PM Barnyard Birds Fiddle
Dyer Switch Mandolin
The Mayfields Guitar 2:30 PM Tricky Britches Guitar Laney Jones Clawhammer Banjo 3:30 PM Dyer Switch Banjo Tricky Britches Bass 4:30 PM The Mayfields Mandolin The Mayfields Guitar
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Weekend Passes* - Passes includes show, workshops, and free no frills camping for eligible campers on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Campers may stay until 4 pm on Monday.
*See Camping section for important eligibility requirements.
$55 Adult Weekend Pass
$20 Youth Weekend Pass Ages 5-15 yrs (With supervising adult) Children under Age 5 Always FREE
Day Tickets - Show & Workshops ONLY. NO CAMPING with Day Tickets...NO Exceptions.
Gate Opens Daily at 9 AM
Friday Day Tickets 10 AM - 8 PM $22 Adult, $5 Youth Saturday Day Tickets 10 AM - 8 PM $22 Adult, $5 Youth Sunday Day Tickets 10 AM - 3 PM $15 Adult, $5 Youth
Early Bird Camper Special - $10 per person Arrive early to the festival at anytime AFTER 10 AM on Wednesday for a $10 per person additional festival donation to help cover costs. You must also purchase your Weekend pass upon arrival. No prepayment or saved spots. Thursday night campers are asked to please stay out of the concert area until after 5 PM while we finish setting up for the 6 PM OPEN STAGE. Early Birds wanting to be helpful may introduce themselves upon arrival and sign in anytime over at the ticket booth.
Advance Tickets - $50 For Weekend Pass Only Must be postmarked by July 10th. Please send SASE with payment made payable to "Heather Kennedy" to: R & H Kennedy, North Branch Bluegrass Festival, 74 Chateauguay Road, Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035
Out-of-State Checks and Electronic Money are not accepted at our festival
A growing festival takes dedicated help...and lots of it. 'Team North Branch' is always on the lookout for new team members. If you are an honest, able-bodied, helpful person who can follow directions, we'd love to meet you. Please email Heather Kennedy at Info@NBBluegrass.com. It takes all year to prepare and several weeks to setup our mobil festival. We are always on the lookout for extra hands during the summer months, especially at festival time. Festival staff who work halftime during the whole festival earn free admission.
North Branch Bluegrass Festival is seeking non-food vendors for 2014. Our 3 day rate for a 10' x 10' pop-up tent with fabric walls is available to rent for a prepaid fee of $75. Each vendor must also purchase a discounted $45 weekend vendor's pass. We separate booth fees from admission in order to beequally fair to all vendors be they solo vendors or vendor teams. All Vendor Fees are due in cash upon arrival. We do not accept checks for vending but are happy to provide you with a written receipt. Interested parties can please reserve a spot by e-mail by August 25th. Space is limited and acceptance is subject to our approval of the goods you intend to sell at our festival. Just to let you know in advance....We're a family festival as as such are not interested in peddling non-family oriented or low quality articles.
The North Branch Wishing Well
It's easy to believe in big dreams but much more difficult to privately finance them if you're regular working-class people like us. We've spent our life savings trying to bring this festival home to our Bridgewater. We hope that a positive annual event like this will help energize our local sense of community and sustain us through difficult times. If you wish to support our efforts, we welcome your donation or business sponsorship. Please call, write, or e-mail us. This is a privately run and funded festival. It's our personal attempt at fending for ourselves in our old age. Please understand that donations to the festival are not considered to be tax deductible contributions, but business sponsorships might be. If you wish to be recognized for your donation by becoming a business sponsor, advertising space is available on our Website, Festival Posters, and Event programs. Stage display area for your business banner and Onstage mentions of your sponsorship are also available. We have worked very hard to earn our new reputation as good promoters and plan to continue our course. We'd be happy to answer any specific questions regarding potential donations, volunteering, business advertising sponsorships, or any other offers of assistance to our festival.
Randy and Heather Kennedy
North Branch Bluegrass Festival
74 Chateauguay Road
Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035