Be there, do that, get the T-shirt: Sixth annual Valley Bluegrass Festival finds a home in Orofino

By TYLER HORNER

For Inland 360

The annual Lewis Clark Bluegrass Festival, Pickin’ on the Clearwater, put on by Lewis Clark Bluegrass Organization, takes place next weekend in Orofino.

“The festival has been in the Lewiston valley for the past five years, but the board has decided to change it from Lewiston to Orofino due to the overwhelming support from the people of Orofino. Last year, we even had the mayor of Orofino come out to the festival and volunteer,” said Randy Berg, a board member with the organization.

The festival will take place at the Orofino Camp on the Clearwater County Fairgrounds.

Eight bands will perform for more than eight hours Friday and Saturday.

“The festival’s main goal is to promote acoustical bluegrass music, with the hopes of other musicians and people who just enjoy sitting back and listening to great music will come out and support,” Berg said.

There also will be band scrambles, open mic time, and music jams happening around the campground. The Orofino Rotary Club will serve hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza, and other food vendors will be there. Vendors selling arts and crafts, musical gear and other miscellaneous items are expected as well.

The festival begins next Thursday and concludes Sunday with a 9 a.m. gospel jam. People have the option to buy weekend passes for RV or tent camping or single-day passes. Attendees should bring their own chairs. No alcohol is allowed.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Pickin’ on the Clearwater

WHEN: May 30 to June 2

WHERE: Clearwater County Fairgrounds, Orofino

COST: $15 camping and festival, $10 single-day pass, free for youth 15 and younger.

Tickets are available online through Monday at lewisclarkbluegrass.org or at the gate with cash or check. See the calendar for a full list of events

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