YMCA of Rock River Valley announces new folk music festival

YMCA of Rock River Valley announces new folk music festival


The YMCA of Rock River Valley has created a new cultural event for the northern Illinois area. A three-day, two-night family music festival will be held on July 27-29 at YMCA Camp Winnebago in Rockford. The Mud Creek Music Fest is designed to engage families in an outdoor event centered on the world of folk music. People may attend a series of main stage events, workshops, children’s programming and other interactive opportunities throughout the weekend. Activities start at 4 p.m. Friday and run until noon on Sunday.

Main stage performers include Mark Dvorak, Paul and Win Grace, Shanta, Shank’s Pony, Curtis and Loretta, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Small Potatoes, Ellie and Leela Grace, Sons of the Never Wrong, Kat Eggleston, Mike and Amy Finders, and Kellie Lin Knott. Other attractions include story-telling, Celtic open stage, sing-alongs and music workshops.

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the first annual Mud Creek Music Fest. A limited number of overnight camping sites will be available for a small fee. Camp Winnebago is located at 5804 N. Main St. in Rockford.

Tickets are $12 daily advanced sale, or $15 daily at the gate. Weekend passes are $20 in advance and $12 at the gate. Call (815) 489-1252 for ticket information. All proceeds will go toward capital improvements at Camp Winnebago and the development of future music programs for the YMCA of Rock River Valley.

Every summer, thousands of children enjoy the natural beauty of this wonderful 153-acre camp. It is a beautiful spot, and the school-age campers can explore the woods, prairie, hiking trails, creek and artesian spring.

The YMCA has a goal of making this unique site accessible to more of the Rock River Valley residents and visitors. Camp programs are being expanded to provide year-round opportunities for all segments of the community to experience the scenic natural area and beautiful new lodges.

The first annual Mud Creek Music Fest is sponsored by YMCA of Rock River Valley and Pepsi Cola. Co-sponsors include Backpack Productions, Charlotte’s Web, Dijeridoo Productions and Friends of Rock River Folk Music.

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