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31ST ANNUAL MINNESOTA BLUEGRASS & OLD-TIME MusIc FESTIVAL 31 st Annual Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival I'm-. a Bluegrasser! 31st Annual Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival August 12 - 15, 2010 El Rancho Manana, Richmond, MN Contributing Sponsor: Plantenberg's Food Pride Richmond Sponsored by: ReachOutandTouch... t:f .,c,c, /q,,,  COLD 3 0nd Civic & Commerce .... --_._. . CHAUeSR OF COUMSRCe Richmond EDA Plantenberg's [m4tle [ BIJJEGRAYEF - Stop at these parpaUng businesses with your Bluegrass 'tton for your Bluegm discount or ca//and make a reevan or commitment  receive discount! One visit per person per day. RICHMOND Automotive Professionals, Inc. Brinky's Liquor Casey's General Store Dino's Southside Caf El Rancho Mafiana Granite Realty of MN Haffley's Bar Jill's Caf Lakes Gas Co. Lang Building & Design, Inc. Murphy Granite Carving, Inc. NAPA Auto Parts Plantenberg's Food Pride Rieland Locker Riverside Resort Sharon's Gifts & More, LLC State Bank of Richmond Twilight Acres Resort Wenner's Do-it-Best Hardware Wenner Plumbing & Heating COLD SPRING Central MN Federal Credit Union Cold Spring Co-op Cold Spring Family Dentistry Cold Spring Record First National Agency of Cold Spring Granite Country Computing Gresser Motor & Sports Jerry's Liquor Lot Jimmy's Pizza LAKES Eye Clinic Omann Insurance - Deb Vogt, Agent Snap Fitness State Farm Insurance Tom Graham, Agent Teals Market- Cold Spring Trendsetters Boutique Tri-County Abstract & Guaranty, Inc. AREA COMMUNITIES Thomsens Greenhouse & Garden Center PA( One of Madison's newer bluegrass outfits, SweetGrass, took the top spot in the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's Race for a Place competition during the recent Harvest Jam weekend, held Nov. 20-22 in Minneapolis. The performance earned them a spot on this year's mainstage of the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. SweetGrass fiddler/vocalist Shauncey Ali says the group competed against about 10 bands. All played sets of 30 minutes or less and were judged on a point scale in ten categories. "We scored a 294 out of 300 possible points between three judges." Ali says the band entered the contest not just to compete for the festival slot. "We decided to do the competition to hone our sound and force ourselves to dissect what we were doing. We figured it would be a great opportunity to set a short- term goal and follow through with it. Win or lose, we were sure to gain helpful insight about our sound as well as constructive feedback from sources we trust. We knew the competition would be a valuable experi- ence at a very ripe point in the life of this group." Along with Ali -- the 2008 winner of the Wisconsin State Fair fiddle contest -- the band also includes Trent Cuthbert on guitar, Cole Christianson on banjo, Pat Spaay on bass (all three also sing) and Mike Hedding on mandolin. Ali and Spaay also perform with the Old Tin Can String Band; Hedding and Cuthbert are members of the Eau Claire-based New North String Band. Ali says SweetGrass plans to begin recording their first album next spring. 5chwieters Chevrolet Service Center in Cold Spring Lube, Oil Er Filter $  __ 1699 Same uality Products ~ More Options ~ Better Price use the same Goodwrench motor oil and AC Delco riflers Lube all grease fittings Check air filter Top off all fluids , Complete inspection and document findings Lube all hinges Check tire pressures NO hidden fees E 14