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What is Boats and Bluegrass
We started Boats and Bluegrass in 2005 as a way of promoting our business at the time Red Tail Outfitters.  We were a canoe and kayak sales and rental company and were looking for creative ways to market out company.  So we decided to try and start a festival that would promote our shop through a family friendly festival.  The festival was born and year one had plenty of highlights including the headliners Trampled by Turtles as well as the northern lights!  Every year after we have strived to do better than the year before.  We don’t want to be a huge festival.  We have tried to maintain a steady growth of 15% a year as far as attendance.  We feel it is important for a festival to be sustainable.  Both environmentally and economically.   Is it all bluegrass music?  Nope.  We try and provide a good mix of music we think you will enjoy.

What is Boats and Bluegrass

We started Boats and Bluegrass in 2005 as a way of promoting our business at the time Red Tail Outfitters.  We were a canoe and kayak sales and rental company and were looking for creative ways to market out company.  So we decided to try and start a festival that would promote our shop through a family friendly festival.  The festival was born and year one had plenty of highlights including the headliners Trampled by Turtles as well as the northern lights!  Every year after we have strived to do better than the year before.  We don’t want to be a huge festival.  We have tried to maintain a steady growth of 15% a year as far as attendance.  We feel it is important for a festival to be sustainable.  Both environmentally and economically.   Is it all bluegrass music?  Nope.  We try and provide a good mix of music we think you will enjoy.

 
The Vibe/Rules
Main thing with the festival is DON’T BE THAT GUY/GAL.!  We have a zero tolerance for stupidity.  If you are looking to go to a festival to use or abuse drugs and alcohol this is not the place for you.  Anyone seen using drugs will be asked to leave.  Anyone who is intoxicated will also be asked to leave.  We believe strongly that we need to keep each other safe and for this weekend we are all family and should treat each other as such.  So please come and have fun but be respectful.

The Vibe/Rules

Main thing with the festival is DON’T BE THAT GUY/GAL.!  We have a zero tolerance for stupidity.  If you are looking to go to a festival to use or abuse drugs and alcohol this is not the place for you.  Anyone seen using drugs will be asked to leave.  Anyone who is intoxicated will also be asked to leave.  We believe strongly that we need to keep each other safe and for this weekend we are all family and should treat each other as such.  So please come and have fun but be respectful.

The Camping
Camping is included with the purchase of an all weekend pass.  Camping is located a short walk (50 feet) from the festival site.  The sites are very large and and will accommodate everything from a small tent to a large RV.  There is no electrical service in the free camping area but is available in the campground for an extra charge.  Please email us if you have questions about getting reservations for an electrical site.  The camping area is shaded by hundreds of large trees so finding a shady spot will not be a problem.  There are showers and flush toilets at the campground that are free as well as pit toilets in the  camping area.  The campground has a play area for kids as well as a small store for ice and snacks and a swimming area too. This year we will have the entire non-electric side for the festival!  Camping is on a first come first serve basis.  When you arrive you can drive to a spot you like and it is yours.  We DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS for sites in the festival area.  You can camp next to your car so no need to lug in your stuff.  We do ask if you plan on coming and going a lot to leave your car outside the campground to help keep traffic down in the camping areas.  We separate the camping into family and late night camping areas.  We ask the the family areas be quite after 10pm for the little ones to rest.  Late night camping areas still need to be respectful but playing of acoustic instruments is permitted and encouraged.  We ask that you do NOT BRING DRUMS.  It is very hard to hear a Banjo over a drum.  Also amplified music that can be heard outside of your site will not be allowed after 10pm.  For more details on the campground or to make a reservation for an electric site please follow the link.  Campground.
ARRIVAL:
When you arrive at Boats and Bluegrass please follow signs to Check In.    If you have purchased tickets please have them ready upon arrival.  If you need to purchase tickets you can do so at the check in as well.  We are able to take cash or most major credit cards at the gate.    Once you have your tickets and camping pass you are free to go and set up camp.  Then relax and enjoy the weekend!  If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call. 507.450.5013.

The Camping

Camping is included with the purchase of an all weekend pass.  Camping is located a short walk (50 feet) from the festival site.  The sites are very large and and will accommodate everything from a small tent to a large RV.  There is no electrical service in the free camping area but is available in the campground for an extra charge.  Please email us if you have questions about getting reservations for an electrical site.  The camping area is shaded by hundreds of large trees so finding a shady spot will not be a problem.  There are showers and flush toilets at the campground that are free as well as pit toilets in the  camping area.  The campground has a play area for kids as well as a small store for ice and snacks and a swimming area too. This year we will have the entire non-electric side for the festival!  Camping is on a first come first serve basis.  When you arrive you can drive to a spot you like and it is yours.  We DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS for sites in the festival area.  You can camp next to your car so no need to lug in your stuff.  We do ask if you plan on coming and going a lot to leave your car outside the campground to help keep traffic down in the camping areas.  We separate the camping into family and late night camping areas.  We ask the the family areas be quite after 10pm for the little ones to rest.  Late night camping areas still need to be respectful but playing of acoustic instruments is permitted and encouraged.  We ask that you do NOT BRING DRUMS.  It is very hard to hear a Banjo over a drum.  Also amplified music that can be heard outside of your site will not be allowed after 10pm.  For more details on the campground or to make a reservation for an electric site please follow the link.  Campground.

ARRIVAL:

When you arrive at Boats and Bluegrass please follow signs to Check In.    If you have purchased tickets please have them ready upon arrival.  If you need to purchase tickets you can do so at the check in as well.  We are able to take cash or most major credit cards at the gate.    Once you have your tickets and camping pass you are free to go and set up camp.  Then relax and enjoy the weekend!  If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call. 507.450.5013.

If you Come
Here are a few things to expect when you come.  We like to think of the festival as a family reunion.  We strive to make this a festival where everyone is welcome but families come first.  Many of our artists bring their families to the fest as well.  KIDS 16 AND UNDER ARE FREE WITH AN ADULT TICKET PURCHASE!  Boats and Bluegrass is located on a City of Winona Park called Prairie Island.  It is not quite an Island but is mostly surrounded by water and is on the banks of the Mississippi River.  The city also operates a full service campground that is 50 feet away from the festival site.  Please see the camping section for more info on the camping. Tallgrass Brewing will be at the fest with some great beer options again this year.  We will also have wine and other drinks on sale as well.  Please NO COOLERS into the festival area.  We picked this location because it has everything we need.  Water for the canoe trips, camping and great views of the river.  Town is less than a five minute drive away so if you forgot something don’t worry civilization is close at hand.   Dogs are allowed in the campground but DOGS ARE  NOT ALLOWED IN FESTIVAL AREA.

If you Come

Here are a few things to expect when you come.  We like to think of the festival as a family reunion.  We strive to make this a festival where everyone is welcome but families come first.  Many of our artists bring their families to the fest as well. KIDS 16 AND UNDER ARE FREE WITH AN ADULT TICKET PURCHASE!  Boats and Bluegrass is located on a City of Winona Park called Prairie Island.  It is not quite an Island but is mostly surrounded by water and is on the banks of the Mississippi River.  The city also operates a full service campground that is 50 feet away from the festival site.  Please see the camping section for more info on the camping. Tallgrass Brewing will be at the fest with some great beer options again this year.  We will also have wine and other drinks on sale as well.  Please NO COOLERS into the festival area.  We picked this location because it has everything we need.  Water for the canoe trips, camping and great views of the river.  Town is less than a five minute drive away so if you forgot something don’t worry civilization is close at hand.   Dogs are allowed in the campground but DOGS ARE  NOT ALLOWED IN FESTIVAL AREA

The Boats
What is the Boats in Boats and Bluegrass for?  On Friday and Saturday we will be taking canoe trips out into the backwaters of the Mississippi River.  Led by Winona State University staff and students we will explore the wonders around Prairie Island.  This area was a gathering place for many of the first people to live in this area and is now home to many creatures large and small.  We take many trips during the two days and the paddle is free with a weekend pass.  We provide the boats and life jackets are required and provided.  We have lots of child life jackets but if you have your own please bring it.

The Boats

What is the Boats in Boats and Bluegrass for?  On Friday and Saturday we will be taking canoe trips out into the backwaters of the Mississippi River.  Led by Winona State University staff and students we will explore the wonders around Prairie Island.  This area was a gathering place for many of the first people to live in this area and is now home to many creatures large and small.  We take many trips during the two days and the paddle is free with a weekend pass.  We provide the boats and life jackets are required and provided.  We have lots of child life jackets but if you have your own please bring it.