Blue Grass Camp For Kids Opens Doors

Guitarist of The Barefoot Movement Alex Conerly starts the workshop off by asking what chords his students know and what songs they like. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
Guitarist of The Barefoot Movement Alex Conerly starts the workshop off by asking what chords his students know and what songs they like. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.

A local blue grass camp started yesterday. Hannah Stepenoff has the story


As the Big Horn Mountain Blue Grass Festival approaches this weekend, another tradition that has become popular in the Buffalo area, the Blue Grass Camp For Kids,opened it's doors yesterday.

This is 13-year-old Seanna Walker's second year at the event, and she has some big dreams. She loves playing the guitar and prefers pop music, but can't wait to absorb what the camp can offer.

10-year-old Emily Brown is attending the camp for the first time. After much deliberation, she chose the fiddle as her instrument.

At the Johnson County Fairgrounds Community Center, children of all ages were equipped with fiddles, guitars, mandolins and banjos. Some knew how to use them, while others were not so adept in skill. However, co-organizer of the camp Jacob Groopman said the point of the camp, which began in Cordova, Alaska in the mid 1990s, is not to encourage children to compete, but to develop skills and have fun.

There are camps like this from coast to coast, after a popular bluegrass band Bearfoot started bringing the camps out of Alaska to festivals all over.

Each camp features a different band, and representing the Big Horn Mountain Festival this year are members of the Nashville Band The Barefoot Movement. They will be playing the festival all three days.

Band guitarist Alex Conerly worked with the younger children and also taught a guitar workshop.

The students are broken up in to bands by their age groups and respective instruments and throughout the week they will learn a song that they will perform on stage at the festival. Conerly's “band” decided to work on the classic song, “You Are My Sunshine.”

He and the students decided this would be the best bet for their performance, as the group was comprised of students with varied experience.

That is a taste of their first try on day one of camp, but you can check out how they have progressed by watching them perform at the festival live on Friday.

They will be on Stage One at 3:15 alongside the other camp groups.

Here is a link to Aaron Palmer's story on what the three-day Big Horn Mountain Festival has going on:

http://www.sheridanmedia.com/new...

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Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff