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Turning up the Heat in Goshen Bluegrass Style!
On the second weekend of August, bluegrass and music fans will visit the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival in Goshen Connecticut, winner of the 2010 IBMA “Event of the Year” and acknowledged as one of America’s outstanding family-oriented festivals of this kind. Again, this year, Bluegrass and Americana performers from across the nation will perform in a setting that is truly small-town New England.
The Podunk Festival gates open on Wednesday afternoon as campers arrive to set-up their sites and reacquaint themselves with old friends. Thursday, the music starts with our band competition sponsored by Telefunken for rising stars in bluegrass. Every detail has been arranged for a good time – excellent sound and staging, lighting, food and parking. Fans and families will see world class bluegrass performers in a natural and easy going setting.
Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival draws audiences from across the nation and the world. Those devoted to bluegrass are knowledgeable, enthusiastic people with the means to travel to see their favorite performers. Past festivals have drawn rave reviews and inquiries months before summer begins.
Goshen and the surrounding area boast every possible amenity for visitors. Lodging is plentiful and cultural landmarks including the White Memorial Foundation, Litchfield Historical Center, Action Wildlife Foundation, several vineyards, and Litchfield Distilling, are within a short distance as are two state parks with great beaches. The festival is within a stone’s throw of the intersection of two major highways – CT RTE 8 and I-84. Best of all, The Litchfield Hills welcomes every visitor with easy parking, accommodations, restaurants and a genuine New England welcoming spirit!
The Goshen Fairgrounds, which can very comfortably accommodate up to 10,000 people offers amenities that few sites can match including: Camping with electric hook-ups, permanent restrooms and showers, parking for 5,000 cars, multiple large buildings for workshops and other events, excellent lighting at night and a large performance area.
Goshen is halfway between New York and Boston and near the intersection of two well-connected interstate highways. It is readily accessible and easily found by anybody from anywhere and over 500,000 people live within 30 minutes of the festival. Surrounding the site are numerous restaurants, hotels, and easy access to a major metropolitan area, including three major regional malls and international airport within driving distance, all in the beautiful Litchfield Hills.
Podunk, having been presented since 1996, is assured of financial stability due to its status as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is efficiently run by a small but enthusiastic board of directors. Surrounded by the good will of the community and its citizens, businesses and civic organizations, the festival is destined to be part of the region’s identity for many more years to come.
Interested in dramatically improving their image, the Goshen Agricultural Society and the Town of Goshen are convinced of the long-term benefits of hosting such an important regional event including cultural, recreational and socialization opportunities for residents as well as tourism that can positively impact the local economy.
Did Someone Say Podunk?
The festival derives its name from the Podunk tribe, the original inhabitants of the area we know as East Hartford where the festival originated. The Podunk were known as a peaceful people, their settlements once dominated the area. The original festival site at Martin Park which is on the banks of the Hockanum River was once part of the traditional summer hunting grounds of the Podunk.
The Podunk culture flourished throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. However, the tribe was unable to survive the turbulent age that began with the arrival of the first European settlers. By the 1750’s, the Podunk had ceased to exist as an independent tribe but the spirit lives on as the bluegrass music soars through the hills each August.
Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All contributions, less benefits of certain value, are fully tax-deductible in accordance with the law (Tax ID #06-1457866).