Sertoma Youth Ranch Bluegrass Festival

We closed our bluegrass season with our first trip ever to Brooksville, Florida to the Sertoma Youth Ranch. It was their 34th bluegrass festival and the oldest bluegrass fest in Florida. It is always held over the Thanksgiving holiday and we were not disappointed.

With the weather being more typical of CNY, than Florida, we persevered through temperatures that plummeted to 38 degrees at night!
The festival kicked off with local Floridian band "Bits of Grass", the "Stevens Family" from WVA, and the "Larry Gillis Band".

The following day, John Brutcher, along with other festival jammers played a 45 minute set opening for "Generations Bluegrass".
Other highlights included "Remmington Ryde, in which John participated in a skit with them, and the "Marty Raybon & Full Circle" band.

Noth'n Fancy brought the house down on Saturday night. In their part of the program, they even included a few Christmas carols. The "Spinney Brothers" ended the Saturday festivities.

We were both impressed with a band called "David Peterson & 1946". They had a 23 yr. old gal fiddler that really ripped into her breaks and could fiddle up a storm. They were very good.

The ranch roasted 20 turkeys and everyone brought a dish to pass. It was delicious!

The little kids were keep busy at the "Little Pickers Tent" that included hay rides, wood crafts, painting mugs, turkey & pumpkin frames, bluegrass coloring books, tye-dye time, and a bunch of other neat stuff to do.

We met a lot of good folks and had a great time.
John & I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year and look forward to seeing everyone in the new year enjoying the bluegrass.

The traveling bluegrassers,
John & Katie Brutcher