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The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival was a success despite too hot weather and too small crowds. Moving a festival to a new venue is risky at best. Doing so with little advance notice is extremely difficult. Getting fans accustomed to the idea of a new site once they've come to enjoy the old one presents a problem that only the fans themselves can solve. Dodd Stadium proved to be a more than adequate venue in which to hold a festival. Distances between the camping area and the stage were shorter than had been the case before. Shade was at a premium, but campers are a creative lot and will provide their own shade next year. The turf on the stadium floor was carpet-like - easy on the feet and cool. Except for a few boorish people, serving beer did not pose a problem and the misbehavors were not permitted to continue to disrupt. The stadium food is at least adequate and is designed to provide more variety when the crowds increase. Proximity to the casinos and Old Mystic Seaport were a pleasant alternative during the day for some festival goers. Next year's lineup includes: Blue Highway, The SteelDrivers, Larry Sparks, Claire Lynch, Tony Trischka, Charlie Sizemore, Lost & Found, Larry Stephenson, Wayne Taylor, Donna Ulisse, Nu Blu and more to be announced. The dates are August 1 - 4, 2013 and are already on sale. Be sure to be at Dodd Stadium for the next Podunk Family Reunion.