by Jonathan McNamara
FRANKLINTON — All people in these parts know there are three days during the summer everyone can count on some down-home picking and grinning. PreddyFest, a premier bluegrass event takes place Aug. 1-3 at the family farm owned by Franklinton resident, Rodney Preddy.
Since 1997, Preddy has helped turn everybody’s grass blue. This year marks the 16th Annual Preddy
Fest Bluegrass Festival. The outdoor event is sure to offer a mid-summer weekend full of family fun to keep everyone’s mind off the heat.
People from all over the region begin to converge on the 135-acre farm six to eight days prior to the festival. The countdown for 5 p.m. Aug. 1 has begun, and the momentum is sure to keep going through 11 p.m. Aug. 3.
“I’ve been so busy cutting the grass with all this rain,” Preddy said, “so the festival grounds will be ready for all to enjoy.”
Some choose to come in on RVs where they can park in the spacious fields, while others decide to pitch a tent to enjoy the celebration.
For the non-campers, there is hotel access approximately 12 miles away in Wake Forest. Single day tickets are also available for any of the three days.
Tickets for the event can be purchased on the website at preddyfest.com. The cost is $50 in advance and $60 at the gate, for a three-day weekend pass. Tickets for individual days can be purchased at the gate for $20 on Thursday and $25 Friday and Saturday.
Some of the highlighted bands performing at this year’s fest include, Franklinton’s own Sourwood Mountain Band, who perform Thursday at 5 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.
Constant Change of Raleigh performs Friday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Malpass Brothers from Goldsboro will be returning Saturday for two shows; the band proved to be a crowd favorite last year.
National recording artist, The Grascals, from Nashville, Tenn., will be sure to keep the festival lively through to the final hours Saturday.
Many other bands will take to the stage, as well as some impromptu banjo sessions under a shade tree or campsite.
All the Preddys ask is that attendess don’t bring any all-terrain vehicles on the property and “act like you have some sense,” according to the guidelines on the website.
For more information, see preddyfest.com. Parking will be available in multiple areas throughout the farm.