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Pack your car and head to the 42nd annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic Aug. 3

Each summer, regional Bluegrass Ramble music fans mark their calendars for an event that attracts hundreds of people across Central New York: Bill Knowlton’s annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic, the longest running bluegrass festival in New York. The 42nd annual Picnic takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York.

The community-friendly event started in 1973 after the launch of Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble radio show on WCNY-FM. The show can be heard Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight. Now affectionately known as “Mr. Bluegrass of Central New York,” Bill emcees the event annually.

This year’s program features host band The Delaney Brothers, Atkinson Family, Diamond Someday, Gospel Way, Joe LaMay & Sherry Reese, Lake Effect, Larry Hoyt & the Good Acoustics, Northwater, Off The Wall, Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads, Salmon River Boys, Sean Martin Band, Spare Parts , The Cadleys, and The Easy Ramblers, among others.

The Picnic is free and open to the public. No R.S.V.P. is required to attend. The event begins at 10 a.m. To learn more about Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble radio show on WCNY-FM, visit www.wcny.org/ramble. To learn more about the history of Bluegrass music, visit www.ibma.org.

 

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