It’s a weekend of bluegrass and folk music as the lights come up on the 11th annual Bighorn Mountain Festival July 10-12.

The festival showcases folk, bluegrass, Americana old-time and acoustic music. One of this year’s feature artists is Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.

Other featured artists include the John Anderson Banc, Crary, Evans and Spurgin, Baskery, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Front Country, The Fireants, Maracuja, Jalan Crossland and His Esteemed Band and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.

The festival is hosted at the Johnson County fairgrounds. Those attending the festival will be able to pitch a tent or park a camper and enjoy the entire weekend. If you happen to have a musical instrument with you, pull it out and join with other music enthusiasts throughout the festival camping area.

Making a return to the festival is the Bluegrass Camp for Kids. The camp provides an opportunity for children ages 9 to 18 to learn or perfect their skills with the guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin or to improve their vocal skills.

Campers will also get to participate in daily jams, square dances, art, and, if interested, private lessons.

The cost for the festival is $95 for weekend passes, $45 for Friday, $60 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased in Sheridan at the WYO Theater or in Buffalo at the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce or the Sports Lure. Tickets can also be purchased at Hansen Music in Billings and Haggerty’s Music in Gillette.

Those interested in camping at the fairgrounds should remember that it is $15 per day for tent camping and $30 per day for electricity. Limited spacing is available for those needing electric hook-ups and will be handled on a first come first served basis.

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