W. Va. Campground Hosts Bluegrass Festival

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August 8, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of WBOY-TV, Clarksburg, W. Va.

Three days of music, friends, and memories made the 8th Annual Pickin' in Parsons, W. Va., a success.

Tucker County is known for its tourism, but its also a popular place for a type of music that West Virginia is known for and that's bluegrass music.

Five River Campground hosts the festival. Its a celebration that brings fans from everywhere.

"We got bands from some of the top traditional bluegrass bands from across the country, and its just a celebration of Appalachian music and roots music from the area and abroad," said John Bowers.

People from 26 different states, and two foreign countries attend the three-day festival which started back in 2004 as a one-day music fest. Organizers said they love hearing from all about the experience.

"We've probably had a couple thousand people come through here in the last three days just to see some great music, and great entertainment, fellowship. It becomes like a big community, people from all over the country. It's a real nice family environment," said Bowers.

For fans they don't have a particular favorite, they just like hearing the music that keeps their toes and hands tapping.

"I like all of it, I've always loved this kind of music," said Mae Collins of Buckhannon.

"The banjos and the stuff like that, music, it's real good," said Bill Burow of Friendsville, Md.

When the festival is not taking place, Five River Campground is open year round with 42 full-service sites, and its nestled within the state's major tourist attractions.

"We're in the Monongahela National Forest right here which is about 900,000 continuous acres and there's Rails to Trails, its about 42 miles of uninterrupted Rails to Trails, there's Blackwater Canyon, Blackwater Falls so there's a lot to see in the region."

Dates for the 2012 Pickin' in Parsons will take place Aug. 2-4.

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