NORTH CREEK It might not be the 1, 2 step but the annual bluegrass festival in North Creek has had locals and visitors moving to the beat of the music for 11 years.
The concept of a bluegrass festival in North Creek was conceptualized in February 2004 by former Co-Chairs Joel Beaudin and Rusty Leigh. Fate and good luck brought these two entrepreneurs together and the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival was born.
Festival press representative Lloyd Burch explained the history of the festival.
“Joel and Rusty thought it was a good community event,” Burch said. “Joel wanted something that showcased the area and Rusty had the entertainment connections, bluegrass is the music of the mountains and we are in the mountains, that is how it became a bluegrass festival.”
In early 2007 Upper Hudson Festivals Inc. registered with the state of New York as a not-for-profit organization. The organization states its dedication to community service through the production of high quality musical festivals.
“In the past proceeds from the festival have benefited many local charities and causes we have raised about $15,000 to $16,000 over our 11 years,” Burch said. “We have given to the North Country Ministry, Johnsburg Central School, The Hardship Fund and we always donate to the Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Lake George.”
The festival which is held in Ski Bowl Park at Gore Mountain will open the gates this year on Aug. 14 for camper parking. The town of Johnsburg will be sponsoring a free concert on stage that evening from 7 to 10 p.m, featuring local bands. Food and craft vendors will be on site. Patrons are asked to bring their own chairs.
Music for the bluegrass festival will begin Aug. 15 at 11:30 a.m. and will continue in 45 minute sets until 10:15 p.m. Seven bands are set to perform the first day.