It seems but a few days ago that we began planning the first Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival and anticipation was at peak levels.
We had ideas of what a successful festival should look, feel and sound like and so we met monthly, twice monthly, weekly and finally daily before the opening weekend in July 2004 in hopes of forming what could become a small town well- run festival. We learned many things about festivals and each other on the board and you as attendees as we formed close bonds with many of you from outside our local area. It was imperative that we learn from many of you seasoned bluegrass festival goers, to find the talent and form the structure needed to develop what we envisioned.
Now ten years later we look back and are very thankful for all of the local service groups who cooperated to provide on-site food, local businesses and individuals who became the backbone of financial sponsors and those who simply gave tirelessly of themselves and resources to make all of the details come together for what became the well-run festivals that we all enjoyed.
Many of us began this journey when in our sixties and now in our next season of life. Things change between these life seasons and we find it necessary to say that “we had a great run”. There will not be an 11th annual festival in Scott Valley.
However you will want to attend the Bluegrass Festival in Yreka on Labor Day weekend in 2014 generated by Gene Bach whom many of you know. His festival in Susanville is growing and Yreka’s Siskiyou County Fair Grounds should become a large festival with a small town feel. We wish Gene all the best and we will see you there!
It’s been great! May richly God bless you all,
Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival Chairman