Stratford Stride 32nd Annual Bluegrass Festival

May 21, 2016 | Uncategorized | Permalink

32 years!!  It’s almost that time again!  Last year was a very successful festival.  Last year was the first time for the Thursday night show.  It was successful so we will be doing that again this year.  New this year will be a Friday afternoon show.  Hopefully with all of your support it will also be successful!  4 big days of entertainment in Stratford, Iowa!

Headlining this year’s festival:  Thursday — The Grascals,  Friday — Special Consensus, Saturday — Flatt Lonesome.  We also have appearing over the weekend:  The Baker Family — Missouri, Lori King & Junction 63 — Iowa, Bluegrass Martins — Missouri, Williamson Branch — Tennessee, Dale Eichor & Bobby Awe — Iowa, Bluegrass Blondies — Iowa, Bull Harman & Bull’s Eye — Missouri.

We are also excited to be teaming up with one of our NEW Stratford businesses Backcountry Winery that just opened for business May 21 with their newly renovated barn to be used for tastings and gatherings ect.  They are also a sponsor this year!  With the purchase of your 3 Day Pass you also get to check out Backcountry Winery on Wednesday, July 6th from 6-8pm for a jam session, appetizers, and wine tasting!  If you are camping and have no ride out to the winery we will do our best to get you there!  Address of the winery is 3533 Fenton Ave, Stratford, IA  50249.

We are still having our community church service on Sunday at 10:30am and a meal to follow.  Bluegrass Blondies and Bull Harman & Bull’s Eye are the gospel bands playing on Sunday.  Music starts at 12:30.  Sunday is freewill donation and we appreciate any donations as it goes to pay for the band, sound crew, and stage for the day.

During one of our wind storms, seems like every day this spring, we had a utility pole fall down in the railroad right of way where campers park.  So the City of Stratford is in the process of replacing that pole and then upgrading the power line that services that area to better serve the campers.  Thanks to the City of Stratford for their hard work!  We are also in the process of adding several more camp sites over in that area.

We have awesome food on the festival grounds provided by Stratford Stride. Ribeye Steak Sandwiches, Iowa Pork Chops, Mr. Ribbs, Beefburgers, Bacon Cheddar Pork Burgers, Homemade Potato Salad, Baked Beans. Homemade Pie and Soft Serve Ice Cream to go with it!! Yummy! We also feature a Parade at 10:30am Saturday.  This year’s theme is Christmas In July! It features several of the bands that will take the stage at the festival.  Early Bird discounted tickets will be available online until June 16th.  After that it goes to regular gate price.  For onsite camping info or to purchase tickets, visit our website: http://stratfordbluegrass.com/ or call Aaron at 515.835.0050 for any other questions.

Stratford Stride 31st Annual Bluegrass Festival

July 2, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Entering our 31st year of the Stratford Stride Bluegrass Festival, we have a fantastic lineup of 9 bands and NOW 4 days of fun!

Headlining the festival is Darin & Brooke Aldridge on Friday & Saturday, along with Nu Blu, both bands coming from North Carolina.  Other great bands appearing:   Bluegrass Martins from Missouri; Jeff Scroggins & Colorado from Colorado; Lori King & Junction 63 from Iowa; The Baker Family from Missouri; Raydio Flyer from Iowa; Highway Home from Iowa; and Fine Line from Iowa.

New this year at our festival is the addition of a fourth day of entertainment.  After some thought it was decided that since most campers are already at the festival by Thursday, that the addition of a Thursday show was a good fit!  So we will give it a try and see how it goes.  Tell all your friends to come check us out on Thursday night along with a special menu from the food shack that won’t be served any other day.  There is also 2 bands performing only on Thursday which gives you a reason to come and see us!  We are also offering a 3 day pass this year or you can pay by the show if you can’t be here the entire weekend.  We are still having our community church service on Sunday at 10:30am and a meal to follow.  Fine Line will be your gospel group for the Sunday show!  Sunday is freewill donation and we appreciate any donations as it goes to pay for the band, sound crew, and stage for the day.

Also new this year is the addition of FREE instrument workshops on Friday afternoon.  These will be announced soon on our website!  Stay tuned!

Other things you may notice when you visit our festival this year are a few improvements to the park.  We will be painting both shelter houses and staining the gazebo in June.  Stratford Stride along with some other volunteers will be helping with this.  Also the City of Stratford is upgrading/replacing a few camper receptacles around the park to better your stay with us.  We are also working on adding more camping spots as we seem to be filling things up!  A good problem to have!  Hoping for some grant monies to help with that project for next year.

We have awesome food on the festival grounds provided by Stratford Stride. Ribeye Steak Sandwiches, Iowa Pork Chops, Mr. Ribbs, Beefburgers, Homemade Potato Salad, Baked Beans. Homemade Pie and Soft Serve Ice Cream to go with it!! Yummy! We also feature a Parade at 10:30am Saturday morning that starts at the Lutheran church and runs down and around the festival area. It features several of the bands that will take the stage at the festival.  Early Bird discounted tickets will be available online until June 25th.  After that it goes to regular gate price.  For onsite camping info or to purchase tickets, visit our website: http://stratfordbluegrass.com/ or call Aaron at 515.835.0050 for any other questions.