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Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass Festival

The Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park put on a fabulous festival the weekend of February 9 and 10. The Sixth Annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival featured music of the aforementioned genre from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Visitors brought blankets and chairs and filled the covered seating areas to be entertained by the plucking, picking and strumming of instruments such as banjos, mandolins, fiddles, the stand up bass and guitars.

The main fundraiser for the state park also brought a number of arts and crafts vendors and non-profit groups to the forefront. The Friends of the Florida Panther, Rookery Bay, Friends of Fakahatchee, Maximized Living and the Goodland Arts Alliance, among others, came out to promote the ways in which each are making a difference within Southwest Florida.

Arts and crafts vendors offered anything from paintings to jewelry to handmade children’s clothing and stuffed animals.

There was no shortage of food either. Philly cheesesteaks, fresh squeezed lemonade, fried gator and barbecue kept stomachs stuffed throughout the weekend.

This made for the perfect opportunity to relax in a lawn chair under the Royal Palm Hammock and drift off to the sweet sounds of Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band, Gary Mackey, The Laws, The Bean Pickers, Bugtussle Ramblers and Danny Stanley and the Bluegrass Gentlemen.

Hosted by the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park, 100% of net proceeds go right back to the park.

Camping is available at the park as well as guided morning canoe trips and full moon canoe trips and individual canoe rentals. To learn more about Collier-Seminole State Park call 239-394-3397.

About The Author

Natalie Strom has lived in Goodland for over two years and has worked in Goodland on and off for more than five years. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is also a former Buzzard Queen of Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland. email: [email protected]

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