June Fest brings a great bluegrass festival to the Smokies. Camping, music, games and of course fun come together for a great show. The 2008 event was the debut year of June Fest. People start getting there early and staying late. The site is set up to host RVers so bring your rig to the show. This year June 11th through 13th Dumplin Valley will bring the best of Bluegrass to east Tennessee.
Located at 525 East Dumplin Valley Road in Kodak, Tennessee, this event center has plenty of room for camping in RVs, fellowshipping with friends and, of course, room for the concerts themselves. During the weekend you will start with Bluegrass Brothers, Josh Williams Band, James King Band and Williams & Clark Expedition on Thursday. On Friday, Balsam Range, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Carolina Road and the Gibson Brothers will take the stage. Rounding out the weekend, Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Nothin’ Fancy, Barry Scott & Second Wind, Steep Canyon Rangers and JD Crowe & the New South will take the stage on Saturday. What a line up! The concerts are in the big tent and they will happen rain or shine, so don’t let a few rain drops spoil your fun.
Along with the music and friendship, there may be ballgames, bubble wrap dancing and much more. You never really know what a bunch of bluegrass fans will do to pass the time. If you are a bluegrass fan you don’t have an option–you have to be there. There are very few times in the year when you have the ability to see this many groups all at one time. A weekend pass for this event will run you $70 – $85 dollars depending on when you purchase your ticket, either before-hand or at the gate. That is a great price to see 14 bands and spend time with other people who share your interest. Check out their website: www.dumplinvalleybluegrass.com for updated information. Check Smoky Mountain Lodging sources if you are coming for this event.