Thursday, September 24, 2009

Walnut Valley Festival

This is our annual festival. It's probably the biggest outside music festival in Kansas. Mostly music I'd call Americana: bluegrass, folk, celtic, singer/songwriter, etc. Good mix. We probably missed a couple in the last two decades or so. Kids went in diapers thru high school and loved it. If they weren't grown and on their own in other States they would still be attending. Didn't camp this year, though. Traditions change. I just love the fresh food smells and constant music from the four stages and campgrounds, strolling through craft booths and meeting old friends. If I had more time I'd try harder to get into jams. Plenty of them but I like to see the stage acts first and for a one day visit there just isn't enough time.

9 comments:

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Very cool, John!

Spinneretta said...

Sounds like a wonderful time :)

Anetka said...

Again great layout and story behind! thank you for sharing:)

Sandy said...

Oh I can imagine how wonderful this tradition is - your portray it so beautifully!!

nanke's stuff said...

What a great tradition that is! All that good music and food you like to eat, too. A splendid combo and a fun and interesting post about it. nancy

Melissa S. said...

Hey, lucky you, being there! A good bit of my family attended. Did you see John McCutcheon? Great sketch to commemorate!

john.p said...

Wilma and I both love John's sets. He's such a good story teller and song writer. He didn't disappoint us this year, either. I was hoping someone would recognize the festival, so thanks.

Deborah said...

I could see hanging out there for a couple of days. Sounds like fun and a great place for a sketch or two.

Scrappy Cat said...

I know a lot of people who've been to this - we've never been ourselves though. Sounds like you had a good time even if it was short.