Appalachian Uprising storming into Scottown next weekend

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

SCOTTOWN — The rural roads near Scottown will be crammed with motorists the first weekend of June — as they have been the same time each of the past five years.

Nearly 4,000 people are expected to come to the Eden Valley Farm, 1175 Township Road 225, for the Appalachian Uprising, a three-day festival that showcases bluegrass and “new” grass, the slightly hipper take on bluegrass.

“The crowd seems to double every year and this year we are hoping for the best year yet,” said Steve Celiac, organizer of the event and owner of the Eden Valley Farm. “We have a good lineup and it’s a beautiful place. Everybody comes out to have a good time. That’s really the goal of the festival, for everybody to relax and enjoy.”

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Cielac said he is hoping that warm, sunny weather will draw in more festival-goers this year. Every other year, he said, the event has been hampered by rain.

The festival will kick off Thursday, June 1, when performers take the stage shortly after noon. Performers will include Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, One Way Rider and Peter Rowan and the Tony Rice Quartet,

Friday, June 2, performances will begin at around 11 a.m. Scheduled to perform are: ETA, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, The Biscuit Burners, King Wilkie, Just Bluegrass and String Therapy, among others.

Performances will begin at noon Saturday, June 3, with County Line II, the Woodbox Gang and Larry Cordle, Lonesome Standard Time and the All-Star Bluegrass Jam. The festival will conclude with the two headliners of the event, nationally known recording artists the David Grisman Quintet and Sam Bush.

For the first time, Cielac said tickets; the festival lineup and memorabilia are available on line at Tickets are also being sold at all Lawrence County McDonalds locations.

If purchased before Thursday, a two-day ticket for admission Friday and Saturday is $45 and a three-day ticket for Thursday, Friday and Saturday is $55. After that, two-day tickets are $50 and three-day tickets are $65.

Single-day tickets are also available for $15 Thursday, $25 Friday and $25 Saturday.

Camping during the festival is free. There will be 24-hour security at the site.

Eden Valley will open its gates at noon this Friday for those who have purchased a three-day pass and want to camp there.

There will be a $10 per day, per campsite from Friday through May 31st.

The camping pre-celebration will have someone available 24 hours until the festival begins.

“This year I feel the best that I’ve ever felt,”

Cielac said. “We are very excited about it and hope that we can continue to make the festival a success.”