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8th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival to feature Balsam Range, Seldom Scene and Love Canon, among many others May 25-27 in Floyd, VA

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I’ve never made it up to the annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Floyd, Virginia, in part because it is over Memorial Day Weekend, when I can usually be found at another southwest Virginia music festival, Rooster Walk, which is just down the winding road at Pop’s Farm in Axton,Virginia.

Chantilly’s lineup for its eighth annual event set for May 25-27, 2018, however, may be the just the charm needed to get me up there this year.

This is the home festival of Mountain Home recording artist bluegrass star Junior Sisk & his Ramblers Choice. The festival will feature Balsam Range, Seldom Scene, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time,  Love Canon, Lonesome River Band, Volume Five, Darrell Webb Band, Breaking Grass, Kenny and Amanda Smith, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge, A Deeper Shade of Blue, The Wildmans, Shadow Grass, Mike Mitchell Trio, Floyd Music School Students, Williamson Branch, Blue Rock’n Grass, Wound Tight, Mason Creek, Tony & Heather Mabe, The Compton’s & Friends, Indian Run Stringband, Steve Marshall & High Road, Back Porch Cloggers and more!

Additional activities throughout the weekend include RV and tent camping, beer and wine garden, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, opportunities for jamming, hiking and biking trails, corn-hole tournament, midnight campfire jams, kite flying and more, according to the website.

Passes are $90 for the weekend and $100 at the gate.

To learn more or buy tickets visit the website or

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