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Acclaimed bluegrass fest returns

NORTH CREEK - With expanded hours and a lengthy lineup of entertainment, the sixth annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival is set for Aug. 21 - 23 at Ski Bowl Park.

About twelve bands are headlining the annual festival which draws fans from all over the northeast and Canada for three days of musical entertainment, camping, concessions, and the opportunity to get acquainted with fellow fans. From humble beginnings, the festival has grown to become one of the area's largest outdoor musical events.

The festival launches its stage performances Friday Aug. 21 at noon, continuing well into the evening hours. Appearing onstage Friday will be Vern Young, the Seth Sawyer Band, local favorites Don't Quit Your Day Job, John Hudson and Friends, the Warren County Ramblers, and the Beartracks band. An open stage is scheduled for the afternoon, and festival attendees are invited to share their talents. Saturday, the music starts at 10 a.m. and continues non-stop through 10:45 p.m., with 18 sets onstage. To be featured are Tim Graves & Cherokee, Vern Young, Seth Sawyer Band, White Mountain Bluegrass, Smokey Greene, Cabin Fever, John Hudson & Friends, and Southern Rail.

Sunday morning starts off with a gospel sing from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by popular regional performers Southern Rail, John Hudson and Friends, Warren County Ramblers, Beartracks, White Mountain Bluegrass, the Cabin Fever Band, and Smokey Greene.

The event features expanded concessions, including an increased variety of food. For details, see: www.upperhudsonbluegrass.com or call 251-2240 or 251-3141. Advance three-day tickets will be on sale until Aug.17 for $35, after which they will increase by $7. These three-day tickets include camper parking. The gate to the grounds will open at noon Thurs. Aug. 20. Tickets are available by sending a good check or money order payable to Upper Hudson Festivals along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Mary Lou Cole, 10 Manor Road, Apt. 5, North Creek, NY 12853. A not-for-profit organization, Upper Hudson Festivals supports local musical students and cultural events. The festival's two major sponsors this year are Denton Publications, publishers of various North Country newspapers, and the LA Group, municipal architects and planners based in Saratoga Springs.

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