14th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival

Washington County invites the community to the scenic Lake Elmo Park Reserve from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, for the 14th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival.

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 festival has a new time this year, 2-6 p.m. The music lineup will be:

• Borderstone;

• Roe Family Singers; and

• The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund.

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 Shelter. The shelter provides shaded seating with picnic tables and open space; all other seating is in the grass on the picnic shelter 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 shelter 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. 

For more information on park permits and reservations, see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks. Annual park permits are valid for 12 months at all Washington County, Carver County, and Anoka County parks. “Go Green” and enter the park for free (no permit required) by biking or walking.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is in the east metro at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo.  

For additional information and festival details, see www.co.washington.mn.us/bluegrass or call the park contact station at 651-430-8370.

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