Madrid's Musical Festivities

Posted: Jul. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

23 years of Bluegrass music culminated in this year's Madrid Bluegrass River Festival and thousands of locals and visitors alike were treated to an impressive array of Bluegrass talents, local vendors and, unfortunately, weather effects. Though it certainly had an effect on the overall turnout, the entire affair was still a success and left festival goers satisfied in more ways than one.

Campers, country spirit and bluegrass music filled Madrid this weekend for one of the most popular summer festivals in the north country.

For the 23rd year, the Madrid Bluegrass River Festival brought out vendors, crafters, bands and music lovers, although the weather did have an effect on how many people showed up.

"Our attendance is down and it breaks my heart," said Les E. Haas, one of the festival's coordinators. "The weather has not been good to us the past three years."

Although a rainy Friday lowered the attendance of the festival, Saturday's workshops, fireworks, music and sunshine helped bring the numbers back up.

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