National Old Time Country and Bluegrass Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesIowa
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival LeMars, Iowa USA
Festival Contact Information

Mailing address:
National Old Time Country and Bluegrass Music Festival
P. O. Box 492
Anita, IA 50020 USA
Physical address:
650 Main Street
Anita, IA 50020 USA
Phone: (01) 712-762-4363

Festival Description

The event, known as the “National Old Time Country, Bluegrass, and Folk Festival & Contest & Pioneer Exposition of Arts, Crafts, and Agricultural Lifestyle” is in itself a mouthful. According to Everhart, “We are looking forward to a big happening at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa. It is now seven days long just to take care of the huge number of participants — both local and regional. We utilize ten sound stages from 9:00am to midnight every day.

Over 600 performers on ten “sound” stages, including celebrities, will take part in this year’s festival. Each October the Rural Roots Music Festival will take place at the Christensen Field House in Fremont, Nebraska. For more information visit the website at

Festival Dates August 27 - September 2, 2012
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2012:
  • The Jacob Austin Band (Texas)
  • Bluegrass Playground (Nebraska)
  • Bruce Bernhart (Minnesota)
  • Ronnie Dean (Tennessee)
  • Jack Ferguson (Iowa)
  • Crystal River (Oklahoma)
  • I-35 Bluegrass Band (Missouri)
  • Froemming Family Bluegrass Band (Minnesota)
  • Jake Simpson (Oklahoma)
  • Highway 52 Bluegrass Band (Iowa)
  • Scotty Howard (Oklahoma)
  • Richards Family (Nebraska) — this family has 13 children playing Bluegrass
  • Jim & Dave (West Virginia)
  • Kenaston Family (Nebraska)
  • One on the Mountain (West Virginia)
  • Ophoven Family Band (Minnesota)


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Practical Info:

  • Plymouth County Fairgrounds
    LeMars, Iowa


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