15th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival is Sept. 10

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The 15th annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival is happening Saturday, Sept. 10 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

The Bluegrass Festival fuses community, the great outdoors and local musicians. It’s a way to celebrate a successful summer season and give thanks to everyone for supporting Washington County Parks.

The music lineup will be:

  • Borderstone, 2 p.m.
  • Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures, 3 p.m.
  • The High 48’s, 4 p.m.;
  • Pushing Chain, 5 p.m.

Located within the 2,200-acre Lake Elmo Park Reserve, the venue provides a naturally peaceful outdoor setting, perfect for large groups. The festival is at the South Picnic Pavilion.

The pavilion provides shaded seating with picnic tables and open space; all other seating is in the grass on the picnic pavilion grounds in full sun.

Visitors are encouraged to bring camping chairs and blankets for comfortable seating. This is a family-friendly event and will feature a variety of food vendors, merchandise, face-painting, and more.

Sponsors of the event are the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association and Jazz 88 FM. Sound is by Doug Lohman of Armadillo Sound.

This event is free.

All vehicles entering are required to have a valid park vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual). Park permits may be purchased at any park contact station during regular business hours.

Near by the picnic pavilion is a large playground area, biking trails, and a boat launch for additional activities on this day. Camping reservations are also available; reservations are not required to attend.

Dog are not allowed at the festival or in the campgrounds.

“Go Green” and enter the park for free (no permit required) by biking or walking.