9 a.m. – Children’s run
Children ages 4-6 & 7-10 can meet at the children’s tent on London Road to race 1/8 mile or 1/4 mile around Leif Erickson Park. An announcement will be made prior to the start of the race, which is sponsored by the Duluth Running Company. All children are welcome to participate, and everyone wins!
9:30 a.m. – Rhubarb blessing
There will be a blessing of the rhubarb and all those who are volunteering and attending the festival. A community-sung blessing song follows, as the stage show kicks off. MPR's Walt Dizzo will be the MC for the festival's stage show.
TBA – Road Kill Boys
The Road Kill Boys have their own unique version of bluegrass music and often play locally at venues like Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe.
TBA – Diet Folk
Based out of Duluth, the Diet Folk plays homage to both the bluegrass roots of Americana – snapping banjo, acoustic instrumentation and lyrical refinement – and its contemporary pop surroundings. The result is something new and unique: a smooth blend of folk and pop music that the band calls "Soulgrass." The
band's second album, "Cold," was recorded in a retired church in Duluth, with songs swaying more toward blues. Band members include guitarist and vocalist Dedric Clark, guitarist and vocalist Tony Peterson, Boyd Smith on percussion, and Roger Whittet on bass.
12 p.m. – Stephanie Madson
A cooking demonstration will be given by Stephanie Madson, a graduate of the Duluth East High School's culinary education program called "Food for Thought." Madson is now cooking and overseeing pastries at Restaurant 301 at the Sheraton in downtown Duluth. She will provide a
demonstration at the festival, sharing some of the cooking expertise she has gained while in the "Food for Thought" program and at Restaurant 301. Come watch Madson give her demonstration and talk about her career in the culinary arts.
1:15 p.m. – Cowboy
Opening for local favorite Charlie Parr is Cowboy, an old-style country band that includes members from the former band Azure du Jour. Members of Cowboy include singer and guitarist Jim Hall, drummer Joe Lindzius, and Mike Thureen on bass. Hall is well-known for his solo work in the local area, and Lindzius played drums for several country bands in the 1980s.
2:15 to 4 p.m. – Charlie Parr
To close out the festival, Duluth's own Charlie Parr will play some of his original folk blues and traditional spiritual music. He has been recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, and he has recorded in warehouses, garages, basements and storefronts. Parr often records on vintage equipment, which gives his work a historic feel. Parr performs throughout the country and will be returning to his hometown for this year's festival.
Other entertainers that will be at this year's festival include poets Deb Cooper and Doug Happy and the Duluth East Daredevils robotics team.