Great entertainment was in abundance this past weekend at the Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Fest.
This past weekend, bluegrass music lovers from around the country congregated at Toledo High School for the Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival, and what an event it was.
When you drive in and see the 100+ motor homes with license plates from all over the country, you know you have arrived at something great.
There was a lineup of well-known bluegrass entertainers, from Larry Gillis and Swamp Grass to The Baker Family and everyone in-between. Larry Gillis was there, singing and picking away, entertaining the crowd with his band. The Baker Family was fun to watch, and the 16-year-old daughter of the founder of the group could really sing some great classics.
The crowd was laid back, sitting in chairs and enjoying the various bluegrass performances with some gospel thrown in as well. If you were hungry, you just had to walk into the high school for an awesome burger.
Event organizer General Cothren stated, "It was a great weekend. It was bigger than last year. We had a lot of good music, great bands. Everything went smoothly. A lot of people [from] out of the state came to listen."
Indeed, there was even a couple on hand from California who follow Larry Gillis around during the summer. Bluegrass musicians definitely have a very loyal following.
The weekend concluded with a Sunday morning gospel program. Bluegrass musicians can really sing the gospel tunes.
"It was a great gospel show," General said.
They are already planning on the event next year. Don't forget to put it on your calendar for 2018. You will be glad you did.