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Big Bluegrass festival debuts Saturday at Germanna

The idea has been percolating in his mind for quite some time, but Chris Snider said the timing just seemed right this year.

The idea – a Culpeper Bluegrass Festival – becomes reality Saturday with the “Bluegrass, Vittles and Brewfest” at Daniel Technology Center, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“I've been wanting to do this for years, but sometimes it just takes me awhile to get things done,” Snider said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It seemed like now was a good time to do it. It could provide another revenue stream for the museum and it fits in with their historical concepts.”

Snider, a former Culpeper town councilman, is currently the Culpeper-area representative for Republican Eric Cantor, the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

While the event is officially presented by the Museum of Culpeper History, many folks had a hand in putting the event together. There are 30 sponsors listed on the festival poster.

Director of the Museum of Culpeper History Lee Langston-Harrison credits Snider. “Chris has spearheaded this whole thing through,” said Harrison. “We're hoping for a great turnout on the grounds at Germanna.”

Snider said the festival may be a first for Culpeper.

“If they've done something like this it hasn't been for a long time,” he said. “I've been here 14 years and there hasn't been one in that time,” Snider said.

“There have been bands come in to play and ''pickin' parties” but nothing like this. A lot of people in this area love this kind of music.”

The music part of the event will feature "Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band," "Bull Run Grass" and "Shenandoah Drive."

There will be barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, beer and wine offered for sale.

Advance tickets are: Adults - $10, Children 12 and under - $5. At the gate tickets for adults will be $15, $8 for children. The event will be held rain or shine.
“It's strictly an outside event, but we have some tents we will use if the weather is bad,” Snider said. “Right now the long range forecast is for 64 degrees and just a chance of rain.”

Snider said that although “Bluegrass, Vittles and Brewfest” is only a one day event this year, he thinks it may grow.

“I see the potential for a multi-day event,” he said. “For this year, though, I'm just happy that we at least have it for one day.”

Tickets are available at the Museum of Culpeper History, the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce and Culpeper Music.

For more information contact the museum at: 825-8691.
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