If you pick it, they will come.

Beset by a pandemic, but fueled by small-town elbow grease, community know-how and talented, resilient musicians, the George Bluegrass Festival returned after a one-year hiatus, enchanting the crowds who braved the rain, the clouds and the social distancing to listen to some good tunes.

The festival’s organizers feared that the pandemic coupled with the threatening weather would be enough to keep all but the most hard-core fans of bluegrass at home.

Instead, the crowds showed up, with masks on, and delighted themselves in partaking in a little bit of Kentucky-influenced normalcy, courtesy of a variety of performers.

It may not have been a masquerade, or a ball, but the crowd wore its masks and had a definite ball. Performers got in on the action, with some of them performing under rather hostile weather. Luckily for all involved, the three-day festival only had bad weather for one day.

The festival may well serve as prelude to the First Friday Jams, scheduled to come back to George this Friday. The event starts with a potluck at 6 p.m., followed by a musical performance at 7 p.m. Both will take place at the downstairs room of the George Community Hall, 403 W. Montmorency Blvd., in George

To learn more, visit www.georgecommunityhall.com

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