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Music lovers return for 68th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

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By LAUREN LINHARD / llinhard@eveningsun.com

There’s something about bluegrass music that brings people together, said Rich Winklemann, owner of Granite Hill Camping Resort.
And for the past 36 years, he said, the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival has done just that.
“There are huge groups of family and friends that come every year, and there are some that come to connect with people they only see at the festival,” said Winklemann, who’s coordinated the event for 17 years. “Bluegrass people are very loyal and if they find an event they like, they come back.”
Winklemann expects around 3,000 people to attend this year’s event, featuring 16 music workshops and more than 30 performances from May 15 to 18.
Some of the headliners include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Steeldrivers, Dr. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, The Grascals and the Lonesome River Band. There are also a number of new acts scheduled in the lineup, including The Howlin’ Brothers, a three piece string band.

The Darrell Webb Band begins a high-energy set in front of a crowd during the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in 2013 at Granite Hill Campground. The band received a nomination for an Emerging Artist of the Year award by the International Bluegrass Music Association. (File/The Evening Sun)

The Darrell Webb Band begins a high-energy set in front of a crowd during the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in 2013 at Granite Hill Campground. The band received a nomination for an Emerging Artist of the Year award by the International Bluegrass Music Association. (File/The Evening Sun)

“We always try to bring in a handful of new acts to expose the audience to some younger talent,” Winklemann said. “They aren’t extremely well known, but people will really enjoy what they bring to the festival.”
The festival offers food, merchandise and craft vendors throughout the weekend and a kid’s zone will also be available with face painting, a bounce house and other entertainment.
“The kids might not be as inclined to listen to 10 hours of music, even if Dad is,” Winklemann said.
IF YOU GO
What: Gettysburg 68th Bluegrass Festival
When: 1 p.m., May 15 to 6 p.m., May 18
Where: Granite Hill Camping Resort, 3340 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was produced by our sister publication The Evening Sun, Hanover, Pa.

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