Date: April 17 through 23, 2017
Venue: Turlock Fairgrounds
Address: 900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380
Admission: RVs $30.00 per night TENTS $10.00 per night. Day visitors free. Saturday meal $10.00.
Warm days. Chilly nights. Folks gathered in circles, facing inward. Some swaying and some stomping. Some with furrows creased with concentration. They begin to gather on Monday morning. By Saturday, tents, trailers, and Volkswagen busses are packed tight. There’ll be a couple hundred people milling about between the circles that are crowded with onlookers.
What is this? An annual pilgrimage of sorts for California bluegrass and old-time musicians and fans. It’s the official opening of a new bluegrass season. It’s the CBA’s Annual Spring Camp Out in Turlock California!
For years the California Bluegrass Association has hosted a spring campout, but it never reached the pitch of excitement and participation as it has since arriving at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, California. Barely more than hour’s drive from the East Bay and dead straight shot down highway 99 from other California destinations, the location is a convenient rendezvous point for a confluence of folks ready to bust out of the winter doldrums. With bountiful full hook-ups for RV’s (all on the grass), spacious fields for tent camping, and plenty of shade trees.
Of course, no volunteer run event can happen without volunteers. The Spring Campout is no exception, so if you can help out at the gate, especially during the week, please contact Vaughn Lew at Welzzub@sbcglobal.net.