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The Music Returns: Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival May 16 – 19, 2013

Published May 13, 2013

The beginning of spring marks the beginning of the music festival season, and for the last 35 years, some of the biggest names in contemporary and progressive bluegrass have been coming to Granite Hill Camping Resort for four days of soaring harmonies and spirited picking. Founded in 1979 by Joe and Lil Cornett (and now operated by Rich and Cyndie (Cornett) Winkelmann), the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival has served as a “who’s who” in the world of bluegrass music and introducing the genre to a whole new generation of fans.

What makes the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival really special is its dedication to providing a family-friendly festival experience. Granite Hill Camping Resort has served as the host for the festival since its inception and its pristine camping facilities and modern amenities provide the perfect backdrop for music-making and family relaxation.

The 66th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival kicks off on May 16 and runs through the 19th. With over two dozen bands, including the Seldom Scene, Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Steep Canyon Rangers and the Hillbenders, and a host of player’s workshops scheduled, they’re continuing to make bluegrass history right here in Adam’s County.

If you’d like to get a taste of what the festival has to offer, tune into the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival’s listening room.

The best way to experience a bluegrass festival is to camp onsite for the duration. Not only will you be able to take in all the great music from the two stages, but you’ll just as likely stumble into an impromptu jam session around a campfire or in a ring of RVs. If you’re a player, be sure to bring your instruments along. But if camping isn’t your thing — and that’s ok — book your stay with the Gettysburg Hotel.

Multi- and single-day tickets are available for purchase, ranging from $110 (advance) for the full festival to $25 for Sunday only.

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