TOLEDO (WTOL) - It’s a weekend of pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.
The 29th annual Winterfest Bluegrass Festival is back in town for one last time.
It’s become the bluegrass event of the winter, quite the down-home hoedown.
Two thousand diehard fans will pack the ballrooms to enjoy a who’s who of bluegrass acts.
“It’s down-home roots. Banjos and guitars and a little bit of everything,” said Ron Nelson.
Bluegrass aficionado Joy Funk agreed.
“I love the heart. I love the idea there’s a gospel blend in that and I love to watch the gentlemen play and the ladies now too,” said Joy.
The Caney Creek Band is one of the Saturday headliners.
The guys all have day jobs but bluegrass is their passion.
“You fall in love with the music by nature,” said guitarist Chris Smith.
But the music is ending after 29 years at the French Quarter.
The place is closing this year.
The festival though will continue in 2020 at a new venue, the Maumee Bay State Park, which offers overnight accommodations.
Tickets and reservations are already available.
“People we get to see once a year meet here. We have a good time, good bands, good music. A big bluegrass family that meets here every year,” said promoter Larry Efaw.
A family of folks with bluegrass in their blood.