AppleGrass Bluegrass Festival this weekend at Ditmars Orchard

In this 2011 file photo, Phil Bone of Central City, Neb., plays at the AppleGrass Bluegrass Festival.    

Jams in the afternoon, bluegrass performances in the evening. Kids running around, people grooving.

That's the plan for the fourth annual AppleGrass Bluegrass Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday at Ditmars Orchard and Vineyard in Council Bluffs.

Ten bluegrass and old-time bands will perform at the show, which will also feature a tent for area fiddlers, guitarists, jug players and others to jam.

“It's a great way to get away from the city noises and listen to some music,” said Jenni Wallace, president of the Great Plains Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association. “Just a great way to relax.”

Each night five bands will play from 5 to 10 p.m., with a youth band scheduled to start each performance.

“This is a multi-generational genre of music,” said Wallace, who plays the mandolin, fiddle, hammered dulcimer and banjo.

“I'm a jack of all trades, master of none,” said the association president, who'll pop into jams when she can. “I'm a dabbler.”

The jams will run from around noon until the start of the show.

Food and craft vendors will be on hand, while Ditmars will offer a wine tasting as well.

Saturday's slate includes the Little Family Band, Bluegrass Playground, Sandy Creek Bluegrass Band, MAW and the Dirty River Ramblers. On Sunday KOPSA, Plain Label, Stinkbait, Up on the Hill and In Cahoots will take the stage.

“It has been so much fun to see families enjoying themselves with the kids playing and everyone listening to this great live bluegrass music” said orchard owner and co-sponsor of the festival, Lyle Ditmars. “This year we have added a gigantic tire mountain for kids to climb. We have also expanded the corn box and of course, the corn maze is always popular.”

Admission to the festival is $10 for one day of $15 for a two-day pass. Admission to the attractions at Ditmars is $5 for children and $2 for adults. The jam session is open to anyone who'd like to bring in an instrument and is free.

The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil

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