By Rob Lewallen & Chris Anderson
We’d like to extend a personal invitation for all of our fellow Ramonans and their friends and families to join us this coming weekend, Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st, for our 2nd Annual Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest. We think you will find this festival has a little something for everyone of all ages.
We’ll be having very high quality solid entertainment for 11 hours straight on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday. Between the bluegrass groups we’ll have the “Old West” portion of the show. There will be games, horseshoes, contests and a third stage where you can bring your instrument and play along with some of the musicians while they do a workshop on their various instruments, banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass. These are some high quality musicians that will be there playing all day Saturday and Sunday.
There will also be quite a lot of spontaneous jamming going on all over the place. There is a camping area for up to a couple of hundred sites and we’re not full yet but have several reservations. There will be lots of food, drinks, beer, vendors of all types including some specialty foods, so there will be plenty of good stuff to satisfy all your needs.
Bring a folding chair and sunscreen. We’ve got a large covered area at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion if you’d rather be out of the sun. We’re down off Aqua Lane (turn on Fifth) near the Community Center (Senior Center) and by the rodeo arena.
You’ll find the entry fee won’t break the bank either.... Works out to around $1.25 an hour for adults and 1/2 that for kids; 6 and under are free. Sunday is $10 and $5 for kids. Saturday is $5 more than that due to the longer hours that day.
This festival is a non-profit affair. It is put on by Ramona volunteers and is for the community of Ramona in order to help to make Ramona a Destination, musical and otherwise. This is a great way for us all to enjoy ourselves and our families and it also brings in business for the commercial folks in town. It’s always hard to find a time to do something like this, since there are so many other things going on at any given time. This weekend will also be the Ramona Garden Tour and the Santa Maria Creek Clean Up Day. Down the hill in San Diego is the Adams Avenue Roots Festival and up in Indio is the big Stagecoach Country Music Festival. There is time for you to come by our festival even if you’re involved with some of these other things going on since it’s 19 hours long and over two days.
There is not a bad band in our entire lineup, so you will thoroughly enjoy everyone you hear each day at every set. We’ve got some musicians traveling here from as far away as Northern California and even Nashville, Tenn. We’re talking some high quality sounds, so come and enjoy yourselves, bring the young-uns, family and friends and have a heck of a good time right here in your home town.
For a lot more information, check out ramonabluegrassfest.com. We hope to see you there over the weekend sometime.
Rob Lewallen and Chris Anderson are co-chairs of the Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest.