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Northeast Pennsylvania Bluegrass Festival (NEPA) Event (Festival, Camp, etc) Reviews

Submitted by BanjoCritter (see all reviews from this person) on 1/26/2009

Overall Comments

This was my first bluegrass festival so I don't know how to compare it to others. I will tell you that I had a great time and will be returning again next summer.

The bands were great and there was plenty of room to find a seat. I would recommend bringing your own lawn chairs as there aren't enough picnic tables to go around, and you'll be able to get a much closer seat if you do.

There were plenty of vendors and a wide variety of food available. You can bring your own food with you in a cooler too (that's what we did).

The park is beautiful and the scenery of the surrounding mountains and the babbling brook is worth taking a moment to take it all in.

There was a banjo workshop hosted by "Uncle George" which was my first real "bluegrass jam." We played some songs and he taught us a few licks. "Uncle George" was actually in one of the bands that played.

The highlight of the festival for me was the open jam tent. On Saturday night, I brought my banjo over there and sat down. I just started vamping some chords for a few songs, and then someone in the front shouts out, "We got a young man with a banjo back there. Come on up here son."

So I went up to the front there and they had me kickoff a song, "Old Joe Clarke." It was so much fun. They didn't mind that I was just starting off on the banjo at the time.

Everyone at the festival was so friendly that it was almost like being with family - like one big "bluegrass family."

I would definately recommend going if you're in the Tunkhannock area.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by gottasmilealot (see all reviews from this person) on 1/19/2009

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This was a startup festival in 2008 at one of the nicest festival settings located just outside of Tunkhannock, PA. The park offers plenty of shade and a babbling creek, with a nearby town for shopping convenience. A small, reasonably priced, good picking festival. Electric available in some areas, but no full RV hookups. This is a festival run by bluegrassers for bluegrassers that will grow as it draws bigger name talent. It's one of the top on my list. I hope it can keep it's small festival charm over time.

Overall Rating: 10

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