Kempton holds Spring Blossom Music Fest

Item photo by Shea Singley
The Turnips perform during Spring Blossom Family Music Festival at Kempton Music Center on June 8.
Item photo by Shea Singley The Turnips perform during Spring Blossom Family Music Festival at Kempton Music Center on June 8.

The Kempton Music Center held its 2nd Annual Spring Blossom Family Music Festival at the Kempton Community Center on June 7 and 8.

Last year we did straight blue grass, said Kempton Community Center Board of Directors member Rob Hunt. This year we have a mix.

Gates opened at 4 p.m. on June 7 and The Still Hand String Band began playing at dusk. The band played a set of more than four and a half hours.

Though the rain may have scared some festival-goers away, Hunt was hopeful that more of a crowd would start to come on Saturday as the day grew on. Later in the day, more cars began to enter the area to join the numerous campers and tents set up from people who camped the night before and planned on camping Saturday night as well.

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The grounds were filled with people of all ages enjoying the day and music as well as looking at the various vendors set up around the pavilion. Children ran back and forth around the grounds playing on the playground and finding other activities in the open fields.

Saturday featured Kris & Julie Kehr & Friends, Greg Sover, Pan, Turnips, MiZ & Family, Moonshine Love, Garcia Grass and a late night campfire sing-along with special guests.

Festival-goers danced along to the music, caught up with old friends, made new friends with similar taste in music, enjoyed the scenery and quite a few brought their dogs along to also enjoy the open space.

Children activities and some adult activities were also part of the festival. The view of the Appalachian Trail Mountains was one that the audience and musicians often commented on.

This is a great venue here, said one of the members of the Turnips. Thank you for having us.

The band interacted with the audience throughout their set encouraging people to just have a good time. They even dedicated a song to the little girl playing with stones right there.

It was a nice day for people to sit back and enjoy both the view and the music in Kempton.

Upcoming events at the Kempton Music Center include:

The 1st Annual Jambalaya Music Fest from July 5-7. Three days of music, dancing and camping featuring funk, rock, zydeco, blues, Americana and Cajun. For more information visit www.jambalayamucisfest.com.

Summer Jam on July 13 featuring Splintered Sunlight (as the Grateful Dead), The Weight (as The Band) and Live at the Fillmore (as the Allman Brothers) plus friends and surprises.

Jammin for the Animals, benefit for the Human Society of Berks County in memory of Bobby Jones, from July 26-28. Pets are welcome. For more information visit www.jamminfortheanimals.com.

The Marshall Tucker Band will be playing at the Kempton Music Center on August 3.

For more information and full list of upcoming events as well as tickets, visit www.kemptonmusiccenter.com.

About the Author

Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.