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September 27, 2012

Weekend of grinnin' and pickin' starts today

Weekend of grinnin' and pickin' starts today

MORRISONVILLE — The first-ever Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival has a promising beginning. 

The weather is predicted to be cooperative, and all 97 electrical hookups at the Clinton County Fairgrounds are sold out. Dry camping is still an option.

“We still have room for a couple hundred more,” said Glenn Gillespie, fair manager. “They are all coming in on Thursday morning.

“It’s our very first year. We’re excited about it. By the looks of it, it will be a huge success. I would estimate about 1,000 people (will attend). We got our campers here. That’s 200 or more. Our day-rate people, I don’t know how many of those will come.”

The Jesse Alexander Band takes the stage at 1 p.m. Friday. The musical rotation includes Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Remington Ryde and Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass. There’s a dinner break from 5 to 6 p.m. before the entertainers take the stage for a second set.

Saturday’s lineup is Cabin Fever, Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Remington Ryde and the Gibson Brothers.

Gillespie said he was lucky to have Ryan Frankhouser of Remington Ryde act as festival promoter.

“He’s been after me to do this Bluegrass Festival, and some local people have been after me,” Gillespie said. “He will be my emcee for the whole weekend. He’s got all these good bands, including the Gibson Brothers. They’re just coming off a tour in Nashville this week. They’re driving up there and will come right to our fair from there.” 

Gillespie told Frankhouser he couldn’t have a bluegrass festival without the Gibson Brothers.

“They are right in our backyard,” he said.

The festival is expected to become an annual event.

On Sunday, there is no cost to attend the day’s festivities, which start at 9 a.m. and include more bluegrass.

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