Join us at the Parrish Ranch for the 2014 festival! Mark your calendars: July 10-13, 2014.
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This summer, come on out for the Central Rockies' only old-time music festival! The fourth annual Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival will be held at The Parrish Ranch near Berthoud, CO on July 11-14, 2013. The festival will showcase traditional forms of fiddle and banjo-focused music with performances, workshops, and dance.
Our location, The Parrish Ranch, is a working cattle ranch located along the Little Thompson River in Berthoud, Colorado. On-site camping, RV hookups, tons of jamming space and the necessary festival amenities will be available. It's the perfect place for an old-time music festival, with a lovely old barn for square dancing (one of Colorado's best early square dance venues, in fact!)
We have so many exciting changes this year - we've expanded the Fest to 4 days (3 nights)!
THURSDAY evening kick-off performance and square dance with Foghorn Stringband; FRIDAY afternoon square dance callers' workshop with Larry Edelman; SATURDAY morning banjo, fiddle, and band contests; SATURDAY afternoon Kids' music/dance fun activities and family dance. More: Parrish Ranch breakfasts Saturday and Sunday mornings; Cleff'd Ear on-site all weekend selling music and merchandise; showers and extra porta-potties.
Please join us July 10-13 for our FIFTH annual festival! See below for camping info, schedules, and everything else you need to make your plans. Check back often for updates and we hope to see you in July!
**2013 ADVANCE TICKET SALES END ON TUESDAY, JULY 9 at 9pm**
Tickets are now available online. Please purchase pre-Fest to save money and help us plan! Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted at the Gate. The Gate will close every night at 9pm, so plan to arrive before then!
Please note that there are no ATMs on site!
Advance purchase Camping Passes: Thurs-Sun: $75, Fri-Sun $60, Sat-Sun $45. RV surcharge $25/night per rig. First come first serve includes electric and water. **All tickets will cost $10 more at the Gate.**
Advance purchase Day Passes: Thurs $20, Fri $25, Sat $30. **All tickets will cost $10 more at the Gate.**
If you purchase tickets in advance, your name will be on a list at the gate.
Evening Passes after 6pm: $10/night available at the Gate only.
Senior Discounts: half price all of the above (except for the RV surcharge) available at the gate only for those 65 and over. If you're coming in an RV, purchase your RV sites online below and buy your discounted admission tickets at the gate.
Kids 15 and under free. Sorry, no student prices available this year.
Volunteers: one 3-hr shift in exchange for same-day pass. Volunteers will need to pay camping fees ($10/night camping or $25/night RV). If you'd like to volunteer, please email us and we'll set you up!
If your needs are not met by the ticket options below, please email us and we'll assist!
The Parrish Ranch has large, grassy areas available for tent camping, and 15 RV/camper sites with hookups (water and 30-amp electric; no sewer or dump station). Sites are not assigned and are first come, first serve. There will be a designated area for family camping this year. Parking is very close to the tent camping area and gear can either be dropped off or carried in (wheelbarrows available).
Sorry, NO DOGS and NO OPEN FIRES allowed (camp stoves OK).
**No sleeping in ranch buildings at any time!**
Thursday evening at 5:30pm: our annual "Raw Lasagna Potluck" (ask around for the story behind the name...and PLEASE no raw lasagna!) AND pie contest/sale after the potluck.
FRIDAY: the Verde Food Truck will be on-site 11a-8p
SATURDAY: the Heirloom Food Truck will be on-site 12-9p
SATURDAY and SUNDAY: Ranch breakfasts 9-11am ($6/adult, $4/child for either a breakfast burrito, biscuits/gravy, or pancakes/bacon/eggs)
Specialty coffees, teas, and Italian sodas by The Coffee Clatch available Friday and Saturday.
The Ranch "Watering Hole" will be open and selling water, pop, soft ice cream, and coffee.
Cash will be the only method of payment available for the food vendors and the Ranch Breakfasts.
For some history about the Ranch and its square dancing past, read this great story by local caller Chris Kermiet!
*No wi-fi and cell phone reception is spotty.
*Good news: showers this year!
*Stuff to bring: your own chairs for relaxing, jamming, and watching performances; a potluck dish; pie for the contest if you like; your own water containers/bottles, cups and table settings for the weekend. We are trying hard to be more environmentally-friendly this year! There is plenty of shade available, so no need for tarps and shade tents (unless it rains). Do bring some bug repellent/citronella just in case.
*There is excellent road and mountain biking nearby, but no biking is allowed at the Ranch.
*No fishing, pets, or fireworks.
*There is plenty of water available for drinking, washing dishes, etc.
*Wading and tubing in the river is OK (but at your own risk).
Please email us if you have any other questions!
Directions from the interstate:
From I-25 south of Loveland take the Berthoud exit and head west (exit 250, CO-56). 5.0 miles
Stay straight on CO-56, enter the roundabout in Berthoud and take the 2nd exit onto CO-56/CR-8. 4.0 miles
Turn left (south) onto CR-23. 1.0 mile
CR-23 becomes CR-6. 0.5 miles
Stay straight and go onto CR-23E. 1.0 mile
Turn right (west) onto CR-4 (portions unpaved). 1.9 miles
Turn left (south) onto Parrish Rd (unpaved). 1.2 miles
Take right fork near Little Thompson River to ranch entrance.
Pie Contest: Bring a pie this year and enter it into our 2nd annual pie contest! Mike Murphy will judge again and will bring a few pies to share for all. He'll be looking for a pie with a flaky crust, well balanced flavor, nice appearance, and ease of serving (comes out of pan easily). If you don't win and feel unfairly judged no one will stop you from throwing it at Mike, but we'd prefer you shared it for everyone to eat. Pie for all, $1 a slice, music by Foghorn, and all proceeds will go to next year's festival! What could possibly be better?
Fiddle/Banjo/Band Contests: Click here for the rules! The contests will take place on Saturday; scroll down to the bottom of this page for the schedule.
Kids' Music/Dance Activities: This year we will have a kids' track that will include a kids' jam, clogging lesson, performance, and family dance. All activities will be held on Saturday afternoon - more info to come.
Poultry Launch FAQ’s:
WHAT the Heck is it? Silly contest to propel poultry as far as possible, by mundane or creative means, with or without style. Honorary prizes for distance, unique launcher, poultry "costume." Judges will accept bribes. All ages and abilities welcome! Hosted by our Poultry Princess and Special Guest Celebrities!
WHAT Will I Need?
WHY Launch Poultry?
Cakewalk: We'll have another cakewalk this year 9:30'ish during the Saturday square dance, so bring some extra cash! Last year's cake was AMAZING (see pic above), and this year's will be super special too! Entries cost $1 cash donation each (buy as many as you'd like!). Yum!
Cleff'd Ear will be on-site all weekend! CROMA items for sale (Fest and CROMA T-shirts, stickers, posters) as well as music, etc. by all featured performers. Please help support the festival and our amazing artists by purchasing items for yourself, family and friends. Cleff'd Ear will accept cash, credit cards, and personal checks.
Download a copy of our schedule here. Gate will open Thursday (July 11) at 12pm and close Sunday (July 14) at 5pm.
Workshops are listed on our schedule here.
Square Dance Calling for Musicians: Every musician should be able to call at least a couple of dances in case the caller doesn’t show up, and in addition, you’ll become a better square dance musician once you learn to think like a caller. If you attend this session, you'll have a bunch of fun, be able to call a dance or two, and you'll know what to do if you want to learn more! **Please email us if you plan to take this workshop - we need a certain number of participants for it to be held. Thanks!**
Gregg R. Narber
We need YOU! Please consider sponsoring our festival. Click here for more information.