Fan Fest is the third component of IBMA - World of Bluegrass. On Wednesday, as the Business Conference ended, and the two awards events took place, a significant number of attendees turned over, with many of the bookers, broadcasters, and others returned home and the number of fans increases significantly. This compositional change, however, has changed significantly because of the music pass's having made it less expensive for people wishing to attend for music alone. Furthermore, this year there was an increase in seminars and discussions, called Special Sessions for Fan Fest, that were attractive to fans and professionals alike. These sessions continued to be well attended, as they had been at the Business Conference. The number of very young pickers increased, too, partly because of Kids on Bluegrass and partly because the weekend had come. Regardless of the reasons, there were swarms of kids picking everywhere during Fan Fest. Fan Fest was produced again this year by Carl Jackson and Mark Newton with the assistance of literally dozens of volunteers staffing rooms all over the convention center.
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum