Bluegrass Jamboree back for 10th year

It’s time to get out your banjos and head to the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds this weekend for the 10th annual Bluegrass Jamboree.

A participant in last year’s Bluegrass Jamboree. The annual event returns this weekend to the Pass Creek Exhibition grounds.

A participant in last year’s Bluegrass Jamboree. The annual event returns this weekend to the Pass Creek Exhibition grounds.

It’s time to get out your banjos and head to the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds this weekend for the 10th annual Bluegrass Jamboree.

The music starts Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and continues until “whenever they run out of music” on Sunday, said Donna Smith of the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society.

Smith said they’re seeking younger musicians to come out and join the fun.

“I think it’s probably become an annual event that people look forward to, and I think it’s probably a little quieter than it used to be,” Smith said. “There isn’t a lot of younger people coming up that are playing musical instruments … I think it would be really nice to see younger musicians come out and play. They don’t necessarily have to be really, really good but if they come out they’ll be mentored.”

The weekend features bands, open mic and a band scramble.

“People sign up and they throw names in the hat,” Smith explained of the scramble. “Say you play guitar and I play banjo and someone else plays bass, they’ll throw names in a hat and throw a band together.”

Smith said the open mic portion is a good chance to see people that haven’t played before. Open mic goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Smith said the concession will be open all weekend as well, with a pancake breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday mornings starting at 7 a.m.

“Bring your chairs and come out and enjoy yourself,” Smith said, adding there will be big tents set up for shade.

Admission on Friday is $5 for adults and $2 for youth, Saturday is $6 for adults and $3 for youth and Sunday is by donation.

“You can’t even go to a movie for $6 anymore,” Smith said.

Camping is also available on site for $10 a person plus $10 a unit.

For more information about the jamboree visit:

bluegrass.passcreekfair.com.