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North Creek bluegrass festival to celebrate 10 years

Smokey Greene performs while a child joins him on stage during the 2012 Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival in North Creek.

Smokey Greene performs while a child joins him on stage during the 2012 Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival in North Creek. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Organizers of the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival will celebrate their 10th anniversary this year with 10 bands on Aug. 16-18 at the Ski Bowl Park.

As with most bluegrass festivals, the bulk of the attendees will be camping at the event, and the Ski Bowl can accommodate up to about 220 sites. Last year, with the festival being scaled back to three days instead of four, fewer campers showed up, but co-organizer Lloyd Burch is optimistic more will find their way to North Creek and they’ll have upwards of 180 campers this year. Festival board members will be looking for ways to add another day to next years’s schedule, which could entice more festival-goers.

For now, plans for the 10th anniversary celebration is well under way, and many bands are new to the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival.

Past favorite Vern Young, who had originally signed up, won’t be able to make it this year due to health issues. In his place will be the Seth Sawyer Band, of the Green Mountain State. Sawyer and his wife, Candi, organize the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vt. every June.

The other bands will be: Audie Blaylock & Redline, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the Spinney Brothers, Smokey Greene, the Katahdin Valley Boys, HoneyGrass, Washington County Line, Beartracks, and Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters.

Smokey Green, by the way, is the only performer to appear on the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival stage for all 10 years.

Friday will feature an “open stage” set from 5:15 to 6 p.m.

Performances will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

In 2004, Joel Beaudin and Rusty Leigh founded the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival, according to Burch.

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