Going to bluegrass festivals is one of our favorite camping activities. We always check to see if there are any festivals in the areas that we are visiting. The reason that we like them so much is that the camping fees and festival are almost always reasonable, you get three days of great entertainment, and you meet some amazing people. This year we decided to attend the Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival in Pasco, Washington. The added benefit of this festival is the addition of having a Dutch oven rendezvous as well.
The Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous began thirteen years ago when a group of people who like Dutch oven cooking began getting together with bluegrass people. They began camping together and decided that it would be a great idea to start a festival. It has now grown to a yearly event with 1000 attendees and performers. It is presented by The Mid-Columbia Traditional Arts and Music Association. The MCTAMA is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about traditional arts and music. MCTAMA has jam sessions, hosts workshops and organizes concerts for budding musicians and anyone who appreciates traditional music.
We had a great time and will definitely be going back next year. I will also get a dutch oven before next year and take the classes that are offered. We had a dutch oven in the past, but unfortunately sold it when we sold our home in NY. What a foolish thing that was. A dutch oven is really a must have if you enjoy outdoor cooking over a campfire. It saves a mess in the kitchen of your RV and makes delicious one pot meals as well as baking bread and desserts. According to the experts, I asked at the rendezvous, a 12 inch 8-quart dutch oven is the best if you are just starting out. Also, a Lodge brand is well worth the expense because of the quality and durability of the cast iron.
Dick enjoyed the music workshops and the band scramble. I enjoyed the music and the beautiful park we were in. The bands this year included The O’Connor Family Band with Mark O’Connor, Downtown Mountain Boys, North Country Bluegrass, Henhouse Prowlers and Badger Mountain Dry Band. They provided a great selection of old-timey music, traditional bluegrass and some of the newer style bluegrass. The Henhouse Prowlers even performed a few pieces from other cultures that they learned in their world travels. That was a real treat!
The Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous occurs during the second week of June and is located in beautiful Sacajawea State Park, Pasco, Washington. The festival has live music, a Dutch Oven gathering, camping, workshops, dancing, and delicious food. The workshops include bluegrass instrument instruction as well as Dutch Oven Seminar and Chick’s School of Bluegrass for youth. A band scramble occurs on Saturday.
Camping fee is $13 per night,
The camping is dry camping, but showers are available. The website states that there has always been extra space available. There are only a couple of electric plug-ins (15amp, 120v) that available for those with medical needs. Fires are allowed only in self-contained above ground fire pits that you provide. Jamming is encouraged.