The 37th Annual Wheatland Music Festival will be held September 9-11, 2011 at the 160 acre Wheatland Music Organization (WMO) property near Remus (Mecosta County midway between Big Rapids and Mt. Pleasant). The goal of the WMO is to serve as a resource center for the preservation and presentation of traditional music and arts, an idea that began with the First Wheatland Bluegrass Festival as a benefit for the Mt. Pleasant Food Co-Op, August 24, 1974.
The 2009 festival lineup features nationally known performers like The Steel Drivers, Red Stick Ramblers, Ruthie Foster, Aubrey Ghent and the The Wilders along with Michigan favorites including Detour Bluegrass and Robin & Linda Williams.
Wheatland limits ticket sales to maintain a environment conducive to enjoying the great music, so you need to get weekend tickets in advance. You may purchase online or call 989-967-8561 for availability. You can buy Sunday-only tickets at gate beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, September 7 for $25.
Photo credit: 2005 Wheatland Music Festival by Peggy Brisbane. Peggy has been photographing the musicians at the Wheatland Festival in 1983 and has photographed most of the festivals since then. View more photos in the Wheatland Music Organization photo gallery and also in the Wheatland Photos group on Flickr.
Here’s a cool video from 2007 capturing the feel of this classic Michigan festival.