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Bluegrass Festival draws crowds

During the Roots and Bluegrass Festival, Juniors Bar and Restaurant hosted a singer/songwriter competition and the Upper Midwest Flatpicking Guitar Championship. The winner received a Larrivee D-50 guitar. Shown, Brickhouse Music owner Tom Bentz (second left) presents the guitar to winner Mike Cramer from Minneapolis, as other Flatpick Guitar Championship finalists applaud and River Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO Chris Blasius (left) look on.

The River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Festival drew crowds of people to several downtown businesses Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Warm weather and sunny skies also helped draw people out, some event-goers commented.

Several downtown businesses hosted bluegrass musicians, and other bluegrass-related events, including a clogging demonstration and lesson at Rieverwalk Art and Antiques, an open mic event at Dish and the Spoon Cafe and several headlining performances at Junior's Bar and Restaurant.

Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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