Traditional music, bluegrass, old-time, blues, folk, Irish, and more will be the centerpiece of a day-long festival on Saturday, Aug. 10 in the Village of Burton in Geauga County. The Raccoon County Music Festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. in Burton, will feature performances on two stages, square dancing, spontaneous jamming, and more. The festival brings excellent local and regional musicians and fans together for one day of authentic acoustic music.
There will be food for sale, but event-goers are also permitted to bring a picnic, chairs and blankets and stay all day. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older; $5 for children 6-12; and free for children under 6. The festival will be held at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum, 14653 East Park St., Burton. Historical village buildings and the Crossroads museum store will be open. The event is hosted and sponsored by the historical society.
The first Raccoon County Music Festival was held Aug. 20, 1977 a year after the National Bicentennial had cultivated countrywide interest in American history and tradition, originally conceived as a venue for the performance of tunes and songs passed down through the generations via the oral tradition. Over the years, the festival has taken many forms, but always focused on traditional American music. Festival events have included fiddle, banjo, and flat-picking guitar contests, an open stage, clogging, fiddle workshops, spontaneous “jamming” and main stage performances by local and nationally touring performers. The festival name came from the fact that Geauga is said to be derived from the word “sheauga,” a Native American word meaning raccoon.
Visit www.raccooncountymusicfestival.com or the festival’s Facebook page.