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Bluegrass a big draw at Vermont music festival

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TUNBRIDGE, Vt. -

It's hard to identify all the sounds you'll hear at the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival from the 28 bands from around North America taking the main stage. To the strangers who have become friends, it's four days of live bluegrass music paired with camping, food and activities for all ages.

"Well, we've been coming here for the past three, four years, so I listen to it a lot," festival-goer Matt Osterhaudt said.

Bluegrass has been a part of event producer Candi Sawyer's family for generations. She says her grandfather raised her on the twang of the banjo. She started the event 14 years ago in Weston, Vermont, but it got so popular, she had to move to its current location at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

"Well, I just grew up in this music and, you know, I am not the musician that a lot of the people here are, but I just love it. I love being a part of it," Sawyer said.

But many at Jenny Brook would beg to differ. Sawyer is an accomplished musician, taking the stage to jam with her husband and the Seth Sawyer Band. And Sawyer's band is not the only headliner; two-time bluegrass entertainer of the year award winners the Gibson Brothers got the crowd dancing.

Lee and Eric Gibson say they got their start playing in their backyard in Ellenburg Depot, New York.

"Dad had a banjo and a guitar and a fiddle. And out of the three instruments we had to choose guitar or fiddle. So Eric chose banjo, so I was left with the guitar," Lee Gibson said.

Never dreaming they would hit it big. Eric Gibson says if he didn't have pictures of winning the big award, he would never have believed it happened.

"That's something that in the back of your mind you hope will happen, but you never dare allow yourself to believe it's going to happen," Eric Gibson said. "Sometime I still wake up and say, did that really happen?"

And the Jenny Brook Festival has also received high praise.

"The International Bluegrass Music Association, the IBMA, we were nominated as event of the year. And they choose five out of the whole world and we were included in that," Sawyer said.

Festival-goers agree the combination of good music and good people is hard to beat.

"I was forced to go to breakfast with the people next door this morning, turns out the guy made awesome oatmeal pancakes, so I really liked them," said Lina Bourque, a festival-goer.

Saturday is the last day of live music.

Event producers say they fully expect to beat last year’s ticket sales of 1,200.

If you missed it this year, there's always next year! I'm told planning gets underway as soon as this week wraps up.

Click here for more information on the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival.

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