Wheeler County puts on a bluegrass festival every 4th of July and this year was number 15. This is our 3 year at the festival and we will be back. It was a hot year, but the energy was still high and the folks of Fossil Oregon was fantastically hospitable as usual.
There is dry camping at the fairgrounds and some hookups on a first come first serve basis. The festival itself is free. There is plenty to eat from the local restaurants and concessions at the festival.
Fossil is about a 3-hour drive from Bend or Portland. As they say on their Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival website, “Bring your instruments and your dancing clothes, stay a day or the whole weekend, and be a part of the greatest little festival in Eastern Oregon.”
The bands were great and of course Chick’s Kids were there. Chick Rose was a legend in Portland Oregon as a teacher of bluegrass to the next generation. His legacy continues as Chick’s kids learn and become national musicians. Chick Rose School of Bluegrass-Portland, OR is a program dedicated to sharing the fun of bluegrass with youth.
Dick participated in the Saturday morning mandolin workshop and the recital done 2 hours later. They performed “Blue Ridge Cabin Home”. We are proud of him. He did a break on his mandolin for the first time ever! Yea, Dick!
This years bands included;
- Back From the Dead
- Bluegrass Regulators
- Cinder Blue
- Coyote Willow
- Free Range
- The Four Sisters
- Old Growth
- Riley’s Range Benders
- Runway Ranch Band
- Wheeler County Ramblers
Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival should definitely be on your bucket list if you love bluegrass and small town America.