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Bluegrass Festival Making A Comeback In Mayville

MAYVILLE — After a 10 year hiatus, the Mayville Bluegrass Festival is returning Aug. 17.

The one-day event will be held on the grounds of the new Big Inlet Brewing facility just outside of Mayville. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chautauqua Rails to Trails, a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring, developing and maintaining multi-purpose recreational trails for public use, usually near abandoned railroad tracks.

“When the Bluegrass Festival originally took place, we ran out of resources and had some real trouble with the weather on the early June dates,” said Bill Ward, the program director and committee chair for the festival.

The festival had run its course, he said. It originally ran for seven years in the Lakeside Park until it died out 10 years ago.

“When the Big Inlet folks mentioned they wanted to do a Bluegrass event, I offered to reinvent it as a one-day affair,” Ward said.

The Mayville Bluegrass Festival was originally created by a group of Chautauqua County citizens wanting to bring a family-friendly event to the lakeside community. In the past, the festival featured a host of regional and national performers.

This year’s Mayville Bluegrass Festival will have more regional performers, including Doug Yeomans and Mountain Run, Creek Bend, the Panfil Brothers, The Blue Mule Band, Mark Mincarelli, The Hick Ups, The Blue Grasshopers Reunion, Deep Fried and Dipped in Honey, Three Legged Hill, Generic NewGrass, Old Dawg Bluegrass, Amanda Barton and Ward.

Ward anticipates the show being sold out and encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

“We are really excited to partner with Big Inlet and Rails to Trails to get this train going again,” he said. “The musicians are pumped, and we expect a very energetic show.”

Tickets are available at eventbrite.com or at Big Inlet Brewing, 6169 Elm Flats Road, Mayville.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. and the event goes from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is some seating available, but it is recommended that attendees bring lawn chairs. There are no pets or coolers allowed, and there will be food vendors there.

For more info, visit billwardmusic.com/mbf.html.

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