Bluegrass Festival ropes in 3,500 people

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

GRAPELAND, TX (KTRE) - Thousands of people across Texas and parts of the East coast flocked to Salmon Park in Grapeland to attend the 33rd annual Bluegrass Festival.

Some said it's the bluegrass tunes that keep them coming back year after year. Others said it's the people that make the Bluegrass Festival feel like a second home.

"I love visiting with these people," said Charles Norton, who attends each year. "They've been my friends for many years."

Like many others, Norton said each year he looks forward to packing up and heading to Grapeland for the Labor Day weekend. "This is one of the best in the world because it's been going on for many, many years," he said. "I remember the very first one."

"It's American," said Earl McWhoter, who has also attended each year. "It's down home. It tells a story about country folks."

A total of 12 bluegrass bands performed at this year's festival. Countless fans said they look forward to this event each year. They said their Labor Day weekend wouldn't be the same without their favorite bluegrass bands.

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