Music, beer, food and fun offered up at day one of the 2017 Aiken … – Aiken Standard

People from all over made their way to the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds on Friday for day one of the 2017 Aiken Bluegrass Festival.

This is the 13th annual Aiken Bluegrass Festival, and this year offered some of the biggest names in bluegrass, according to the festival’s website.

«I’ve been coming to this for the last six years,» said resident Laura Davis. «My ex-boyfriend brought me out here for the first time, and I had such a good time that I’ve always come back, though, not with him anymore.»

Day one of the festival offered music from Doug and the Henrys, The Herman Clan, Guitacolypse Now and The Infamous Stringdusters. There was a also a super jam with artists Andy Thorn, Billy, Jay Starling, Allie Kral, Travis Book and More. 

«I came here for the Infamous Stringdusters,» said Charlie Moore, of Florida. «I drove all the way here with some friends from Florida to see the show here in Aiken today. So far it’s awesome. I would definitely recommend it.»

The final night of the festival is Saturday and will feature music from Gipsy Moon Band, Brad Parson Band, Lindsay Lou & The Ladies, Larry Keel Experience, Billy Strings and Fruition. There will also be another super jam with as many artist as can fit on the stage, the website states.

Besides music, the event offered unique craft and food vendors, on-site camping, kid’s activities and drink concessions featuring products from New Belgium Brewing and Carolina Moon Distillery.

«You really can’t ask for a better a time,» Davis said. «It’s just a bunch of friends dancing, drinking and having a good weekend with one another.»

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