Stratford Stride 31st Annual Bluegrass Festival

July 2, 2015 / by stratfordstride

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: or call Aaron at 515.835.0050 for any other questions.

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