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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Lakes Bluegrass Festival On for 2007

Pequot Lakes, MN—November 2, 2006--Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp, promoters of the Lakes Bluegrass Festival, announced today that the Lakes Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River August 23-26, 2007.

The event was successfully held for four years at Ski Gull near Nisswa, MN but was cancelled after the 2005 event. With its new location in Pine River, the event will continue to serve as an important fundraiser for a non-profit organization—the Cass County Fair Board in Pine River.

“In our preliminary meeting in Pine River, we had two dozen people show up and already commit to help in various capacities,” said Tim Roggenkamp, Festival Chairman. “We are thrilled with the enthusiasm and support we have found in Pine River. A successful event just isn’t possible without that level of support.”

The festival is adding an additional day and the line up in 2007 will include four national touring bluegrass bands, including Blue Moon Rising (Tennessee), who were nominated for the 2006 International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist Of The Year Award; The Chapmans, (Missourri,) a family group who have taken their place among the best and brightest in a new century of American bluegrass; the popular, Special Concensus of Nashville, Tennessee - a favorite at the 2005 festival - who have been touring nationally since 1975, and the Faris Family (Kansas) who are known for their blend of bluegrass tradition and youthful excitement and were named Entertaining Group of the Year 2005-2006 by SPGMA, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

In addition to the four national groups, the festival features twelve great regional groups including Tommy Brown and County Line Grass a traditional bluegrass group from Kentucky, Monroe Crossing, The Platte Valley Boys, The Lonesome Tradition, String Fever, Tangled Roots, Drive Time, Dick Kimmel and Company and more. And, the popular Berge Family will do a special gospel performance on Sunday. Fans will enjoy 35 professional performances over the weekend. As in past years, the 2007 Lakes Bluegrass Festival promises a great family event with top-quality stage performances, instructional workshops and informal jam sessions. Camping, food, and refreshments will be available on the grounds as well. In keeping with the family nature of the event, no alcohol is served at the event or permitted inside the concert area.

“In the surveys we conducted at prior festivals, not only did people rave about how much they enjoyed the event, but many people also indicated they came from more than 100 miles away and were making the Lakes Bluegrass Festival a vacation destination,” said Roggenkamp. “We had so many people express their disappointment that we didn’t hold the event in 2006, so we are really excited to be able to bring it back to the area at its new location in Pine River.”

“The Pine River Chamber is excited to bring this type of event to the community. It’s a family-friendly environment and a quality show,” said John Wetrosky, Executive Director of the Pine River Chamber of Commerce. “Tim and Cindy have performed for Pine River Summerfest for years promoting bluegrass in our area and we are thrilled they selected Pine River as the new location for the Lakes Bluegrass Festival.”

“We have been looking for additional ways to use the Cass County Fairgrounds at Pine River,” said Brad Johnson, President of the Cass County Fair Board. “With this event it will be the perfect way to wrap up the summer in Pine River.”

Any businesses seeking a wonderful opportunity to promote their business in front of thousands of fans and at a high quality, family-friendly event, should contact John Wetrosky at the Pine River Chamber of Commerce to find out how to become a festival sponsor. 218-587-4000.
For more information on the festival, contact Tim Roggenkamp at Lakes Music, 218-568-7366.


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