The annual Black Hill Bluegrass Festival a toe-tapping good time for everyone

Members Of Cedar Hill Performing To The CrowdSongs of worship filled the air at the rush-no-more campgrounds in Sturgis for the final day of the annual Black Hills Bluegrass Festival.

High Plains Tradition and the Cedar Hill Band took to the stage.. Creating a down-home style church.

Something that Piedmont Residents Randy and Christi Pawlovich look forward to seeing again as they wait to return for their third year and every other one after that.

“You hear music that you don’t hear every day. And with a bluegrass tone to it. So that makes it extra special,” Christy said.

“This is kind of like the roots of country,” Randy added.

Sturgis Residents Sarah and Karen have been attending the event much longer than the Pawlovich’s have, going on nearly 15 years of enjoying music in the open air.

“Our experience with bluegrass music has almost always been outside,” Sarah recalled

“It’s really best if it’s outside because you can really hoot and holler,” Karen said.

And after coming for so long, seeing the people they have gotten to know on top of the toe-tapping music is like a homecoming for them.

“We know a number of the people that are involved with the production of the festival and we know it’s a lot of work,” Karen added. “It’s just fun.”

Performers also share Sarah and Karen’s “coming home” outlook.

The group Cedar Hill has been coming to the festival many times over the last two decades and are grateful for the people they have met along the way.

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“It really makes you feel welcome and warm,” one member said. “It’s a great experience– it is what keeps me going!”

“Everyone is a friend,” another member said. “Whether you have met them before or not and that is just awesome.”


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