2016 Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival – July 6-10, 2016

Join us at the Parrish Ranch for the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Old Time Music Festival! July 6-10, 2016.


Sponsorship Opportunities:
We need YOU! Please consider sponsoring our festival. Please visit the following link 2015 Sponsorship Opportunities to learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits. Any amount is welcome! All donations are tax deductible.

About the Fest:

This summer, come on out for the Central Rockies’ only old-time music festival! The 7th annual Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival will be held at Parrish Ranch near Berthoud, CO on July 6-10, 2016. The festival will showcase traditional forms of fiddle and banjo-focused music with performances, workshops, and dance.

Our location, 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!)

Please join us for our SEVENTH 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!


The schedule is being created/updated for this year and we hope to have it up soon – please check back!

2016 Lineup Includes:

  • Foghorn Stringband (Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, Nadine Landry, Caleb Klauder, Reeb Wilms)
  • Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
  • Spencer & Rains (Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains)
  • Red Squirrel Chasers (Jim Nelson, Stephanie Coleman, Jim Collier, Dedo Norris)
  • Bootlickers (Lee Guthrie, AJ Srubas, Aron Tacke, Arne Pelto, Rina Rossi)
  • More to come….


We have well over 20 workshops that begin on Thursday this year. Topics include instruction in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocal, accordion, shape note singing, flatfooting, and couples dance. We also have a very special workshop on violin bows by Lee Guthrie, a highly skilled maker. Full schedule posted soon.


Ticket prices are a higher at the gate so get them early. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted onsite but we prefer you to purchase tickets pre-fest.

Please note that there are no ATMs on site! 

2016 Prices
Multi-day ticket: includes camping
Wed-Sun $125.00
Thur-Sun $105.00
Fri-Sun $75.00
Sat-Sun $55.00

Day ticket: does NOT include camping
Weds $20.00
Thur $30.00
Fri $35.00
Sat $40.00

Evening ticket: allows addmission after 5:00pm
Any Evening $25.00

Kids 15 and under free

25% Senior Discount

Get Tickets Here

Volunteer Opportunities:

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!  Work one shift in exchange for same-day pass and camping for that night. No additional camping fees for volunteers this year. If you’d like to volunteer, please email us and we’ll set you up!  Click on the button below to sign up as a volunteer:

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Camping info:

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.  Other areas are available for self contained units if needed. There is plenty of areas for tent camping. Parking is very close and gear can either be dropped off or carried in (wheelbarrows available) to the tent camping area. Showers are available.

Sorry, NO DOGS, NO BIKES, and NO OPEN FIRES allowed (camp stoves OK). Please no dart boards or other objects/activities that could inflict injuries to others around you.

**No sleeping in ranch buildings at any time!**

Camping Gear Rental:

Are you coming in from out of state and need to rent some camping gear?  Check out OutdoorsGeek, where you can rent camping gear for the festival and leave your travel worries behind.

Food and Drink info:

No food vendors will be on site Wednesday or Thursday.

Thursday evening at 6:00pm is our annual potluck. Please bring a dish or drinks to share.

Friday Kostas Gyros/Pizza Casbah will be on site from 8am – 8pm and will also have breakfast burritos available.

Saturday Austin Tacos will be on site from 8am-8pm.

Sunday The Wheel & Whisk will be on site 8am-12pm.

**BYO beverages**

Cash will be the only method of payment available for the food vendors. Please note that there are no ATMs on site! 

Things to know about the Ranch:

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.

*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. There is plenty of shade available in the interior of the campground, but since the flood shade along the river is now sparse so bring a shade canopy or tarp if you plan to camp right along the river. 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.

Please email us if you have any other questions!

Directions & Map:

Map to the Ranch – Parrish Ranch RV Resort and Event Center, Parrish Rd, Berthoud, CO

Directions from the interstate:

  1. From I-25 south of Loveland take the Berthoud exit and head west (exit 250, CO-56). 5.0 miles
  2. Stay straight on CO-56, enter the roundabout in Berthoud and take the 2nd exit onto CO-56/CR-8. 4.0 miles
  3. Turn left (south) onto CR-23. 1.0 mile
  4. CR-23 becomes CR-6. 0.5 miles
  5. Stay straight and go onto CR-23E. 1.0 mile
  6. Turn right (west) onto CR-4 (portions unpaved). 1.9 miles
  7. Turn left (south) onto Parrish Rd (unpaved). 1.2 miles
  8. Take right fork near Little Thompson River to ranch entrance.

Fun Stuff: Pie Contest/Sale | Cakewalk | Open Stage

Pie Contest: Bring a pie this year and enter it into our 7th 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, and all proceeds will go to next year’s festival! What could possibly be better? Time: TBD

Cakewalk: We’ll have another cakewalk this year during the Saturday square dance, so bring some extra cash! Entries are cash donation (Donate as much as you’d like!). Yum! Time: TBD

Open Stage: TBD


Unfortunately, Cleff’d Ear will not be available this year, but CROMA items will be available for sale (Fest and CROMA T-shirts, stickers, posters) as well as the music, etc. of all featured performers. Please help support the festival and our amazing artists by purchasing items for yourself, family and friends. We will accept cash, credit cards, and personal checks.

2016 Sponsors:

A big thanks goes out to our festival sponsors!  We are actively looking to increase our sponsorship. If interested, please check out our sponsorship levels information, and please contact us to become a festival sponsor!


***INTERESTED IN PERFORMING AT OUR 2017 FESTIVAL? Please send us an electronic or hard copy of your press kit or a sample of your music by February 1st, 2016.***

Electronic Submissions: email us

Hard Copy Submissions:

Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association
P.O. Box 662
Fort Collins, CO 80522

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