Rapidgrass headlines festival

Big Meadow, a Salida band, will kick off Bluegrass on the Arkansas at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in Salida’s Riverside Park. Two other Salida-based bands, Ragged Mountain and Pint and a Half, will also play during the festival.

The two-day event is an annual fundraiser for the Salida Rotary Club and admission is free. However, donations are highly encouraged.

Event Chair Scarlett Ammons Massine said all the money raised at the festival goes back into the community through scholarships and other projects.

The Rotary raised more than $100,000 for renovations at the Salida Scout Hut.

They also donated a $5,000 piece of exercise equipment for the community walking trail at the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.

The Rotary Club also recently awarded eight scholarships worth $1,000 each to graduating Salida high school seniors. The Rotary Club awarded same amount last year, and it all comes from festival money. Massine explained that paying the musicians costs about $5,000, and since it’s free to attend, the club relies solely on donations and proceeds from the sale of food and drinks.

Saturday

Time

Band

5-6:15 p.m.

Big Meadow

6:30-7:45 p.m.

Ragged Mountain

8:15-10 p.m.

Masontown

Sunday

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Pint and a Half

2-3:30 p.m.

Acoustic Mining Company

4-5:30 p.m.

Weld County Ramblers

6-7:30 p.m.

Ragged Union

8-9:30 p.m.

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