Thomasville Scene April / May 2019 - Page 45

More about the Aiken Bluegrass Festival: separately ticketed, please visit the ticketing tab on the ABF website.  The kids’ area, a festival favorite for many families last year, is back again with an expansion of the bouncy house playground, providing addi- tional activity areas for music fans of all ages. Stay tuned for a complete list of food and drink vendors, satisfying vegans to carnivores, and details on the craft vendors that will be on-site. Gates to the fairground open at 10 a.m. and main festival gates will open at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10th.  Tickets are on sale now at and in the Aiken area at The Alley Downtown Tap- room. A limited number of LOVE VIP packages are available, perks include early entry (Thursday) camping, two private cash bars, side stage viewing areas, a backstage Bloodys & Brunch event (with an acoustic performance and a catered meal/open bar), and a VIP-only screen printed festival poster. The Aiken Bluegrass Festival was started 15 years ago by Steve and Jeannie Groat as a fundraiser for a local therapeu- tic horseback riding program, Star Riding. We are happy to continue that tradition this year with our partnership with Great Oak Therapeutic Riding. Since its inaugu- ral year, the festival has twice outgrown its confines and now finds its home at the Western Carolina State Fairground. ABF has brought an array of bluegrass artists to Aiken through the years including Peter Rowan, Old Crow Medicine Show, The In- famous Stringdusters, and Greensky Blue- grass. Aiken Bluegrass Festival has its roots in traditional bluegrass and this year’s lineup boasts a bridge from bluegrass founder Bill Monroe to current and future superstars. Thomasville Scene April - May 2019 45