North Creek to host bluegrass festival Aug. 18-21

The four-day Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to North Creek this weekend.

The four-day Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to North Creek this weekend.

— His band will donate a Bristol Blue Ridge guitar to be raffled off at the event, a custom for them when playing festivals.

It’s a small festival, but we all know each other, said Nichols, “it’s like a family reunion.”

When Nichols stops into the North Creek festival, “I know where I’ll park, I know who’ll park behind me.”

It’s like a community, he said, you know where you live, you know who your neighbors are, and you’re friendly with most everybody. He added that he avoids people who want to talk his ear off.

He said much like other performers, his band will wander around the campers and play songs, have a sandwich with the owners, move to another camper, or split up to mingle. Rusty Leigh, who's helped organize the event since it began, called this practice field picking.

The festival wasn’t very big the first year, “as a matter of fact it was quite small,” with nine bands playing for three days.

The four-day format launched last year. In previous weekends, the organizers found that there would be dozens of campers ready to roll to their parking places Thursday, though music didn’t start until Friday. So they figured, why not get the stage playing a little earlier, said Leigh.

Joel Beaudin, who first thought North Creek could put on a successful bluegrass festival and has worked tirelessly to make it so has stepped back from his responsibilities this year, said Leigh, though he'll help park cars.

Main street sees a bump when the visitors are in town, said Leigh, and there will be shuttles from the Ski Bowl Park to Main Street.

There will also be a train promotion, where visitors can buy a ticket for the hour-and-a-half the train is in town for $10.

They also sell discounted all-day Saturday tickets to seniors at the meal site for $12.

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