The 14th annual Bluegrass Festival at Pioneer Village Museum near Cameron runs Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6–8. Music starts Friday, at 5 p.m., and continues through Sunday afternoon. Food and refreshments will be available all weekend, along with acoustic instrument workshops on Saturday, and a limited number of campsites.
Bandcamp.com describes Tommy Brown as a third-generation musician who started picking at the age of 6. “His banjo style garnered him both the Kentucky State and Tennessee State Banjo Championships. His pickin’ style and vocals embrace his passion for the mountain-style music he performs today.”
Call it retro, hillbilly, bluegrass or rockabilly, the Kody Norris Show strives for “dern good entertainment.” Norris has crafted a performance that harkens back and tips a hat to the traditions created by Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin’s showmanship, the Stanley Brothers’ harmonies, performances of the Grand Ole Opry and a bit of vaudeville. Top-notch picking is center stage, but humor and visual flash are part of the entertaining package. Always clad in colorful, tailored suits adorned with rhinestones, ties, classic hats and ornate boots, the band earns its moniker as a “show.”
Visitors will be entertained by more great music, including the Stringsmiths, Doubledown Daredevils, John & Rose Band, River City Ramblers, Highview, St. Paul Mudsteppers, Gospel Notes, Maple Ridge and R Country Offspring.
Music runs 5–9 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s schedule is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday’s schedule is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each day’s entry fee includes all of the music, as well as the museum. Friday costs $10, Saturday costs $15 and Sunday costs $10, or $30 covers all three days. Cost is $5 each day for children ages 5–12.
On Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be able to enjoy the Indianhead Country Arts & Crafts Fair. Artists will be on hand, and a few items for sale include fused glass jewelry, leather purses, yard art, birdhouses, mosaic tables, kettle corn and canned produce. The festival will be held rain or shine. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets as the nights may be cool. Lunch and refreshments are available for purchase on the grounds. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Carry-ins are not allowed. Museum buildings and displays will be open for touring from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant will be open on Friday at 4–7 p.m., on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The festival is the last event of the year, and the museum closes on Monday, Sept. 9. The Gift Shop will be open all weekend. Visit the museum’s website at www.pioneervillagemuseum.org or call 715-458-2080. The museum is located between Cameron and Barron, at 1866 13-1/2-14th Ave. (CTH W).