Hold on to your hats and prepare to sing, dance and play your favorite bluegrass instrument at the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday in Parkfield, about 25 miles northeast of San Miguel.
Bluegrass Festival board member and volunteer Connie Moxness said the 17th annual festival has had record attendance, with advance sales 30-40 percent better than last year. The event is sponsored by the Bluegrass Society of the Central Coast.
Fourteen bluegrass bands, including old-time and gospel style perform during the festival. Jam sessions pop up here and there in the camping area around the festival. The festival hosts dozens of music workshops including a children’s “Kids on Bluegrass;” flatfoot dancing; harmony singing; and lessons on classic bluegrass instruments such as fiddle, banjo, guitar and strumstick.
Some rain and hail dampened the event Thursday but the weather cooperated and the air was warm and skies sunny on Saturday with a high of 75 degrees and clear skies forecast for Sunday.
On Sunday, the focus will be on children, who will have opportunities to make Mother’s Day gifts. Kids on Bluegrass workshop participants will perform on stage and a featured performance by Joe Craven and his daughter, Hattie, is set to start at 1:30 p.m.
Information and a performance schedule can be viewed online.