Bluegrass and Barbecue:
Logandale Fall Festival October 20-22
by Nia Huerta
This year marks the Fourth Annual Logandale Fall Festival which will be held October 20-22.
The Logandale Fall festival is located in the heart of the Nevada desert just along the I-15, north of Las Vegas and south of Mesquite. Take exit 93, head south on Highway 169, and you will find the quiet, quaint town of Logandale, Nevada, as well as the Clark County Fairgrounds where the Festival will be held.
The nonprofit festival was created by one of the valley’s own local community members, Richard (Rik) Eide. A family man and barbecue master for Great Basin Cooking Company, Rik has traveled throughout the western United States participating in several festivals and events where he was inspired to bring his love of the arts, and the music community back to his home town.
The Logandale Fall Festival is centered on two basic human needs: music and food. Before you get to the Festival gates, the sounds of picking guitars, mandolin melodies, and lyrical harmonies will greet you, along with the sweet aroma of a festival classic–barbecue.
Over the past three years, the Festival has brought in several artists, mainly in the Bluegrass genre. In its fourth year, the Festival has upped the ante by inviting top acts, including The Vintage Martins featuring Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station, and BLUEGRASS ETC with John Moore, Dennis Caplinger, and Steve Spurgin. Over the span of the three day Festival, there will be more than ten bands performing on the main stage.
One of the main attractions is, of course, the food. The star dish on the menu is the fine artistry of barbecue where each year, the Logandale Fall Festival invites the masters of barbecue, whether they are the masters of their home kitchen or at a top tier restaurant, to participate in a classic BBQ Cook-Off. Don’t worry though, if you’re not into barbecue there are plenty of other food vendors to choose from.
A few additional areas included in the event are the craft barn where patrons are able to shop the local artisans and craftsmen for local honey, iron works, and much more, and educational areas that will pique the whole family’s interests with a rock and gem show, small animal fair, music workshops, and a kid’s zone.
The three day Festival is a perfect small town family affair where families can create memories for years to come.
To purchase tickets and to find out about lodging accommodations, or if you would like to participate in the Logandale Fall Festival, please visit their website at www.logandalefallfestival.com. Stay up-to-date on all of the scheduled events by following them on www.facebook.com/LogandaleFallFestival.