www.bluegrass.com July 20, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

Just seven short days and the Ranch in Lyons will come alive once again with mandolin chops and banjo rolls; Peter Rowan at RockyGrassthe Planet Bluegrass debut of Cadillac Sky and the Planet Bluegrass farewell (for now) to Nickel Creek. Just seven short days and we'll all be together again for the 35th Annual RockyGrass (July 27-29).

The festival has been completely sold-out for over 2 months. If you have your email tickets for the Festival, don't forget to print out each of your tickets. If you forget your printouts, you've forgotten your tickets.

If you are planning to line-up for on-site camping or for the Academy, this line will again be located entirely at Bohn Park (south of the St. Vrain River just off 2nd Ave). RockyGrass gatePlease respect our fellow Lyons residents and do not park on the streets in town before or during the Festival.

Those of you that are still looking for RockyGrass tickets, don't give up quite yet. The ticket board on the Festivarian Forum is abuzz with folks looking to buy and sell tickets. If you're coming from out of town, check out the Radisson in Longmont - they still have some lodging packages available which include tickets to the festival.

If none of that pans out, you should take this opportunity to start planning now for the Folks Fest (Aug 17-19). In addition to Chris Isaak, Ray LaMontagne, Gillian Welch, and many others, we just added the legendary Richie Havens to the Sunday lineup. Richie Havens plays the 2007 Folks FestWe are honored to welcome Richie to Folks Fest on Woodstock weekend - the same August weekend in which Richie performed his epic 3-hour opening set at Woodstock 38 years ago, culminating with his generation-defining anthem "Freedom."

The week of songwriting craft and inspiration of The Song School, is now completely sold-out, but tickets and camping for the Folks Fest are still available - visit shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Grab your friends and order your tickets now.

Construction of the new Wildflower Pavilion is now complete. And boy, we can't wait to fill it with a few Festivarians and some bluegrass music. Final construction on the Wildflower PavilionWhile the Pavilion will host music, workshops, and history all next week as part of the RockyGrass Academy and the RockyGrass Festival, we're waiting until September 7 for the official grand opening, when one of our most cherished performers Tim O'Brien will be joining us in the celebration - for his only Planet Bluegrass performance of 2007.

Tickets for this show and other shows in the fall Wildflower Concert Series will go on sale at 10am MDT, Monday, August 6 at shop.bluegrass.com. Mark that date on your calendar, as tickets are certain to sell quickly. Plan to share in the memories throughout the fall and spring as we present some our favorite performers with pre-show dinners on the Ranch and bonfire jams after the shows along the St. Vrain.

A hearty congratulations to Bluegrass By Bike - the recent CU grads completed their 830 mile tour from Boulder to Telluride Bluegrass and back on mountain bikes. These skilled artisans in "sustainable festivation" are inviting cyclists from all over the Front Range to join them in riding to RockyGrass. Bluegrass by BikeAs a participant, they'll transport all your gear to the Festival and invite you to enjoy New Belgium beer at a special Bluegrass By Bike pre-festival party. Not to mention that you'll enjoy a beautiful ride into Lyons and help make for a greener RockyGrass. For more information visit www.BluegrassByBike.org or email at BluegrassByBike@gmail.com.

As we've been focusing our energies on preparing the Pavilion for next week, we've decided not to hold any MoonGrass shows during RockyGrass. Don't worry, that just means you'll just have to spend a few more hours reveling in the campgrounds with your Festivarian buddies discovering the next great bluegrass talent.

Tubing at RockyGrassAs you begin to assemble your camping gear for RockyGrass, we'd like to offer a little encouragement for you to think about sustainable festivation. New Belgium will be offering prizes on Sunday to those who reuse their beer cup (or better, their vintage beer cup) all weekend. And we'll be working with Leave No Trace all festival-long to run the "How Green Is Your Grass?" Campsite Contest. Learn more below...

Pick up a few extra strings, go find an innertube for the kids (and yourself), and we'll see you next week.

The folks on Planet Bluegrass

Sustainable Festivation Tip #5 - Leave No Trace

1st Annual Campsite Challenge

Camping is never easy. RockyGrass campgroundYou have to pack up all your Festival possessions, haul it all in to the campground, get your jam space all tricked out, set up your kitchen area to minimize its footprint on the soil, find the right spot for your compost and your gray water collector, position your solar panels, get your windmill connected to your blender, hook your water turbine up to the disco ball...

If this sounds like your campsite, we want to reward you. If this sounds overwhelming and a little crazy, fear not. It all starts with creativity and a little bit of competitive spirit.

Introducing the 1st Annual Leave No Trace "How Green Is Your Grass?" Campsite Challenge. We're looking for camps that are responsible and have a creative flair. All you need to do is take a picture of your campsiteLeave No Trace  (sorry, the inaugural contest is only open to camps in the On-Site Campground), bring it over to the Leave No Trace booth in Greentown, and between 4-5pm each day we'll announce a daily winner from the main stage.

Inspired? You should be. Each evening one lucky campsite will walk away with a treasure chest of prizes including Keen Footwear, Coleman Camping gear, Planet Bluegrass Nalgene water bottles, Leave No Trace memberships, recycled Frisbees, canvas tote bags, and much more!

Find the complete rules at bluegrass.com, and join the contest discussion at the Festivarian Forum.

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