Bluegrass Festival Ready to Tickle Strings in Rainier

By Brandon Hansen /For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 8/11/22

Rainier will have a little bit more twang on the weekend of Aug. 26-28 as it hosts its annual Rainier Round-Up Days and bluegrass festivals.

The bluegrass event, which started in 1991, has become …

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Bluegrass Festival Ready to Tickle Strings in Rainier

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Rainier will have a little bit more twang on the weekend of Aug. 26-28 as it hosts its annual Rainier Round-Up Days and bluegrass festivals.

The bluegrass event, which started in 1991, has become a big stop in bluegrass circles as it’s a week-long affair for musicians. The bluegrassers will arrive on the Monday before the event to camp at Wilkowski Park. Many of them will sit and pick at their RVs, and people are welcome to come to the park and listen in.

“They all come from a pretty wide area and the volunteers this year are from the Yelm Moose Lodge,” one of the organizers George Johnson said.

On Friday night, there will be a pickin’ and jamming party from 3 to 7 p.m. that is essentially an open mic for all those musicians. There will then be a street dance at Holiday Park, sponsored by Signature Realty. This is an all-ages dance and admission is free. The dance will be on Dakota Street

Bluegrass shows will occur on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. The Yelm Girl Scouts will be selling strawberry shortcake and there will also be a bake sale. We Love Rainier will be raffling off firewood among other prizes.

“Sometimes during these shows we can see between 300 to 400 people,” Johnson said.



The Rainier Round-Up Parade will occur at 11 a.m. and go down Main Street in Rainier as well. Entries are free for anyone except for political parties, which will be charged a $25 fee. Sign-up for the parade is done through the City of Rainier at cityofrainierwa.org.

Also on Saturday there will be a wiener dog race at noon behind Rainier City Hall and the Rainier Saturday Market will start at 9 a.m.

On Sunday, there will be gospel jams beginning at 9:30 a.m. Two churches in town will also be holding services at the park.

This year’s event will include seven bands: Rusty Hinges, The Cowchips, Tried and Blue, Beyond the Rain, The Dills Family, Band of Friends and Hardshell Harmony.

Additional information can be found at Facebook “We Love Rainier WA” or http://www.rainierpickinparty.com/. People can also call Johnson at 360-292-5363 for additional bluegrass info and for more info on the parade. Rainier City Hall can be called at 360-446-2265.

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