PITTSBURG — The Cow Creek Bluegrass Festival is returning this year with a bang.
In addition to live music, crafts, food and other vendors, the festival is bringing in the Tri-State Gunfighters for a wild west demonstration. The reenactors dress in 1800s period clothing and perform mock gunfights and other demonstrations.
“Bluegrass has always had an old-time flavor to it, and we’re going with a cowboy theme this year,” Festival Organizer Tim Anderson said. “The gunfighters will kind of bring everything together, and they really put on a show.”
The gunfighters will also perform a 21-gun salute for the troops.
The Fourth Annual Cow Creek Bluegrass Festival takes place Saturday, when music begins at 10 a.m. with the Tri-State Gunfighters performing between sets. The day will feature performances by Fiddle and Banjo, Frosty Morning Trio, The Workman Bluegrass Band, Pork Rind Brothers, Southern Tradition Bluegrass, Signal Ridge and Borderline Bluegrass. Music will go until 7 p.m.
The festival takes place at Lincoln Park, and camping will open at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets to the festival are five dollars, with a camping fee of five dollars for each tent, ten dollars for pop-up campers and five dollars for electrical hookup.
Friday night, Pork Rind Brothers — which Anderson plays in — will have a fireside jam session.
Each year, the Cow Creek Bluegrass Festival awards two scholarships to incoming freshman music students at Pittsburg State University. Last year, the festival raised $500, allowing them to award two $250 scholarships.
The festival will include a raffle to raise money for next year’s scholarships. The raffle includes a vintage banjo, cigar box guitar and handmade knives. Raffle tickets are two dollars each.
“We’re hoping to raise another $500 this year,” Anderson said.
Attendees can purchase tickets at the festival entrance.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.