The 2012 Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival boasts some of the biggest stars in bluegrass -- Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation Bluegrass Band, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Della Mae and the Josh Williams Band.
They join Runaway Train, The Sleepy-Eyed Johns and Foghorn String Band for the 29th annual event, July 26-29, on the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson.
Look for the 2012 Show to carry on the traditions that make this festival one of the best bluegrass events in the Northwest.
Long-time fans welcome back the Thursday night Jammer's Jamboree, and evening dances featuring the Los Cowtones on Friday and an Old-Timey Barn Dance with the Foghorn String Band on Saturday.
The Festival concludes on Sunday with a stellar Gospel Show featuring the award winning Kenny and Amanda Smith and the Josh Williams Band.
Festival guests will also enjoy instrument contests and raffle, workshops for all ages including the Chick Rose Kids' Academy, and jamming throughout.
Visitors will be treated to an assortment of fine craft and music related booths, delicious food, coffee and espresso, and micro brew beers presented by Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Recent studies demonstrate a link between early music education and a higher level of life-long learning skills. The Festival wishes to strengthen this bond and offer thanks to its supportive community by offering a portion of its sponsorship funding to the Stevenson High School Band program.