Blue Ox Musical Festival kicks off Thursday: What you need to know

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – In its fifth year, thousands will flock to a festival filled with blue grass, Americana and folk music.

Organizers said Blue Ox Music Festival isn’t just about the music, it’s about family and community.

Attendance is expected to hit 4,000 each day. The gates to the festival open Thursday afternoon and the fun will run through Saturday.

One new festival feature includes a potluck string band area, where festival-goers can jam with their instruments. There are also some news acts that will take the stage this year.

“Trampled by Turtles, obviously a lot of people are excited about that,” said Jim Bischel, president of the festival. “The Dead South, which is another act that we haven’t had in the past, and then a lot of the old favorites that we have.”

Those acts include Del Mccoury, Pert Near Sandstone and, local favorites – Them Coulee Boys.

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In the past, weather has been a concern for the festival. Three years ago, a severe storm hit the grounds, downing trees and totaling two cars. Right now, there are scattered thunderstorms in the forecast, but if things get severe, the festival has a plan.

“The stage will get shut down,” Bischel said. “We will make announcements on stage that they should go back to their cars and campers. We will also make our rounds through the campgrounds to let people know what we are looking at, if it’s going to be a half-an-hour delay or whatever it is.”

Bischel said they are working closely with area authorities to make sure everyone stays safe for a fun festival weekend. See here, for a full concert lineup and ticket information.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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