The annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival is set for June 25 through June 27 this year. File Photo

Fairgrounds prepares for upcoming Susanville Bluegrass Festival

The Lassen County Fairgrounds is preparing for the 11th annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival, and organizers are hoping to attract more local participation this year.

Fair Manager Kaitlyn Downing and Fair Advisory Board Member Dan Douglas spoke before the Lassen County Board of Supervisors seeking approval for the added budget expenditure.

With the uncertainty, the annual festival wasn’t included in the original budget, Downing explained. The expenditures typically cost about $30,000 annually for the event. So far, pre-sale tickets have brought in about $9,000, Downing said.

“We just wanted your support for it because we recognize it could be a loss,” Downing told the board.

County Administrative Officer Richard Egan noted there was always a risk the revenue may not cover expenses, and said if that happens, funds would not come from the general fund, but more thank likely received COVID-19 funding.

The board unanimously approved the budget change.

This year’s festival is set for June 25 through June 27 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.

The Jam Camp kicks off the event June 23 and June 24, with instructor Rick Sparks, assisted by Karen Roemmich.

Festival Bluegrass groups include Hillbilly Fever, Nu-Blu, Keith Little Band, Fast Track, Steve Spurgin, High Plains Tradition, Central Valley Boys and Westwind.

There will also be a free locals night June 24 with free music from national touring band Nu-Blue, local Reno band Westwind and from California, Eddy B and Pure Country. There will be a tri tip dinner with the fixings available for $15 each.

Moreover, there will be a Quilt Room, sponsored by Country Pines Quilt Shop.

Other Bluegrass groups include Hillbilly Fever, Keith Little Band, Fast Track, Steve Spurgin, High Plains Tradition, Central Valley Boys and Westwind.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit lassencounty.org/bluegrass, call the fair office at 251-8900, or stop by 195 Russell Drive in Susanville.