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The Podunk Bluegrass Festival is an annual bluegrass festival formerly held the first full weekend of August in East Hartford, Connecticut and, as of 2012, in Norwich, Connecticut. It features local, regional, and national bluegrass musicians, bringing together the finest in bluegrass music each year. Besides four days of music on the main stage, the festival hosts band and songwriting competitions, a kid's bluegrass academy, intimate workshops with headlining bands, and separate picking and quiet camping areas. In 2010, Podunk won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Event of the Year.
Since 1996, Podunk has hosted some of the biggest acts in bluegrass, including Kathy Mattea, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Doc Watson, Mac Wiseman, the Del McCoury Band, John Hartford, Vassar Clements, Jesse McReynolds, Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Lonesome River Band, Emmylou Harris, the Seldom Scene, Tony Rice, Tony Trischka, Sam Bush, Tim O'Brien, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Dale Ann Bradley, the Kruger Brothers, Michael Cleveland, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Gibson Brothers, Nickel Creek, and dozens of up-and-coming local and regional bands.
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