Area musicians are invited to bring their instruments to the all-ages bluegrass festival, Pickin’ at the Crossroads, Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds.
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Workshops are open to all ages and levels of experience. From 3 to 4 p.m. Friday is a free music workshop for children. From 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday is an instrument workshop led by members of Nu-Blu.
Music starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a new band every hour. The lineup is Wanigan, Panhandle Polecats, Higher Ground and Nu-Blu.
Saturday music starts with an open mic from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Bands start at 2 p.m. with Elliot Marks and Cycle, followed by Beargrass, Higher Ground, Panhandle Polecats, Wanigan and Nu-Blu.
Food will be available onsite from Lunch Box Deli. The red camping gate ticket booth opens at 8 a.m. Friday. The blue main gate ticket booth opens at 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free for kids ages 15 and younger. Show tickets are $15. Camping tickets are $15-$20.
Last year’s festival drew 300 to 400 people, said organizer Jack Uhde.