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Raccoon County Music Festival Is Coming Saturday to Burton, Ohio

So my favorite local festival is this Saturday. If you are local to Northeast Ohio and a fan of banjos, old-time and other roots music, I strongly encourage you to attend the Raccoon County Music Festival in Burton, Ohio.

The annual event takes place from noon to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Century Village Museum. Like Hale Farm, Burton's Century Village is a living museum with restored buildings and demonstrations of our pre-modern world. The festival features two stages for live music ranging from old-time and bluegrass to polka and blues, as well as workshops and jam sessions.

Workshops will include beginning and advanced old-time banjo taught by Glory-Beaming Banjo favorite Mark Olitsky, beginning bluegrass banjo taught by Rick Campbell and clogging taught by Laura Lewis Kovac. There will be kite flying in the afternoon for children. And a square dance will end the day, with all dances taught on the fly — no experience needed. Spontaneous jamming will sprout up all over the festival grounds.

The festival organizers recommend attendees bring chairs, blankets, instruments, food and other necessities for spending the day enjoying the festivities. Food will be available for purchase from various vendors. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and under.

Festival Lineup:
MAIN STAGE
Noon — Ray and Kate Ritchie (folk songs)
1:00 — The Polka Pirates (polka)
2:00 — Young and Blue (bluegrass and old-time)
3:00 — Kristine Jackson (blues)
4:00 — Bill Schmidt and Friends (old-time)
5:00 — The SpYder Stompers and Sister Sugar Pie (pre-war country blues)
6:00 — Square dance with caller Lynn Frederick and the house old-time players

CHURCH STAGE
Noon — The Family Dog (folk and original songs)
1:00 — Roots of American Music blues guitar and song writing workshop for kids
2:00 — The Whitehouse Brothers (old-time)
3:00 — The Five Islands (early calypso)
4:00 — Tina Bergmann and Bryan Thomas (hammered dulcimer and bass)
5:00 — Sacred Harp (traditional Appalachian singing)

EAST FIELD
2-3:30 — Kite Flying

WORKSHOPS
2:00 — Beginning Old-Time Banjo (Mark Olitsky)
3:00 — Advanced Old-Time banjo (Mark Olitsky)
4:00 — Beginning Bluegrass Banjo (Rick Campbell)
5:00 — Clogging (Laura Lewis Kovac)

Here's a video from last year:


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