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Madrid Bluegrass Festival starts Friday

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MADRID — Let the picking begin.

The 23rd annual Madrid Bluegrass River Festival on the banks of the Grasse River starts Friday and continues until Sunday.

Look for fun, food, crafts, camping and plenty of music, according to festival co-organizer Les E. Haas.

“We’re all set,” he said Wednesday. “The tent is up and everything is ready to roll.”

Vendors also began setting up Wednesday, according to Mr. Haas, and about 60 recreational vehicles with festival fans from outside the area already had arrived and settled in. The town park ground’s festival site can accommodate 200 RVs.

The forecast for rain doesn’t bother Mr. Haas. He still expects more than 1,000 people to show up and sit in over the next three days.

“That doesn’t bother true ‘grassers,’” he said. “They just get an umbrella and enjoy the music.”

For more information, call Mr. Haas at 322-4093, email at leshaas@yahoo.com or visit the festival website: madridbluegrassriverfestival.com.

The festival’s performance schedule is:

Friday

1 p.m.— Open stage

2 p.m.— Pat Ashley

3 p.m.— Spare Change

4 p.m.— Generation Gap

5 p.m.— Lake Effect Bluegrass

6 p.m.— Old Barn Boys

7 p.m.— Possum Haw

8 p.m. — The Atkinson Family

Saturday

9 a.m.— Lake Effect Bluegrass

10 a.m.— Spare Change

11 a.m. — The Atkinson Family

12 noon— Possum Haw

1 p.m.— Mandolin workshop

1 p.m.— Lake Effect Bluegrass

2 p.m.— Pat Ashley

3 p.m.— Banjo workshop

3 p.m.— Bear Tracks

4 p.m.— Nu Blu

5 p.m. — The Atkinson Family

6 p.m.— Dobro workshop

6 p.m.— Old Barn Boys

7 p.m.— Possum Haw

7 p.m.— Better sounds for your band workshop

8 p.m.— Bear Tracks

9 p.m.— Nu Blu

10 p.m.— Door prize

10:15 p.m.— Fireworks

Sunday

10 a.m.— Madrid Gospel Group

11 a.m.— Spare Change

12 noon— Pat Ashley

1 p.m.— Bear Tracks

2 p.m.— Old Barn Boys

3 p.m.— Nu Blu

Other festival activities include crafts, chain saw carving, children’s fishing derby, chicken BBQ, ice cream social with the Norwood Brass Firemen, all-you-can-eat breakfast and spaghetti feed, door prizes and fireworks.

Musician workshops will be held in the community center.

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