The seventh annual Palatka Bluegrass Festival will begin at noon on Thursday, February 17th and run through Saturday evening the 19th. This Adams & Anderson festival held on the campus of the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch about fifteen miles south of Palatka has been an artistic success for A & A and contributed significantly to the efforts of the Ranch, founded by evangelist Homer Rodeheaver on 600 acres since 1950. The Palatka Bluegrass Festival is one of the Ranch's most significant fund raising efforts, so those attending will not only be hearing some of the finest in traditional bluegrass music, but will be making significant contributions to the boys' ranch. While Irene and I won't be there to enjoy the fun this year, the first time we've missed since the 2nd festival, the event will have the usual professionalism of an Adams & Anderson festival along with the enthusiastic work of the boys and ranch staff to provide a very customer friendly three days.
When the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch decided to host a bluegrass festival to raise funds, they decided to do it right. They put in what has now become over 400 water & electric camping sites, built a large, covered pavilion, hiring Adams & Anderson to promote the festival. Since then, Palatka has grown steadily, becoming the premier bluegrass event in Florida. The campground fills early, officially opening on the Monday before the festival begins. Here's a map of the grounds. In addition to the well-hardened sites, space for rough camping seems nearly unlimited. Pump-outs are available. Hot showers and flush toilets are attached to the music shed; portable toilets are plentiful and frequently cleaned.
Newfound Road - 12:00 noon and 3:45 p.m.
The Easter Brothers - 12:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Darin & Brooke Aldridge - 1:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa - 2:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Special Consensus - 3:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Dailey & Vincent - 8:30 p.m. (one 90 minute show)
Friday, February 18th
Goldwing Express - 12:00 noon and 5:30 p.m.
The US Navy Bluegrass Band/Country Current - 12:50 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
Dry Branch Fire Squad - 1:40 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The Expedition Show - 3:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The Crowe Brothers - 12:00 noon and 5:30 p.m.
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers - 12:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
The Little Roy & Lizzy Show - 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Dry Branch Fire Squad - 2:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
The US Navy Bluegrass Band/Country: Current 3:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen - 3:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.