After 27 years of hosting the Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival, held in May at the Raccoon Mountain Campground, organizers of the popular event are strumming up a fall festival to be held at Mountain Cove Farms Nov. 2-4.
"We hope to establish the wonderful Mountain Cove Farms as our home for not only the fall festival but the one we do in the spring as well," said organizer Cindy Pinion, whose father is the namesake for the initial festival.
Boxcar Pinion was a local bluegrass legend, and the festival attracts the like, she said.
"Several of the bands are awarding-winning, worldwide-touring bands, and the local bands are some of the very best our area has to offer," Pinion said. "Lonesome River's banjo player won Steve Martin's banjo award and they have played on several national TV shows, just to name one."
In addition to the formal concerts in the Show Barn, Pinion said impromptu jam sessions will likely strike up around the campsites, offering novice musicians the chance to learn from some of the masters.
"Most bands love to stay and jam, but some must rush off to another big show," she said. "I know that on Thursday night, David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition will be staying over, as their next show is not until Saturday in Ohio, and those boys love to jam. I get excited just thinking about it."
With an overall 285 acres, campsites are numerous. In addition to primitive campsites, some have access to electricity, and RVs are welcome. And the property's position amid nearly 2,000 acres of protected land, "untouched by city lights," means stars won't just be relegated to the stage.
Hot food and concessions will be available, and local arts and crafts vendors will be on-site.
If all goes well, Pinion hopes to make the new fall festival an annual event.
"We have had great response from folks. Everyone is looking forward to listening to some great bluegrass music at one of the most beautiful places in the world, and Walker County is so helpful and welcoming to us," she said, referencing the likelihood of an encore. "However, I warn folks — it's contagious, and once it gets on you there's no getting it off. You will be hooked."
For tickets, which can be purchased by day or for the duration, visit foreverbluegrass.com, which also has information about camping along with the full lineup and schedule. Kids age 15 and under get in free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Mountain Cove Farms is at 994 Dougherty Gap Road in Chickamauga.