MARTINSBURG, W.Va.—Country recording artists Marty Stuart and Confederate Railroad highlight the musical lineup for Pickin’ in the Panhandle, which is also known as the West Virginia State BBQ and Bluegrass Festival.
The 5th annual festival, set for Sept. 9 to 11, will feature more than 25 bands on three stages and the Kansas City Barbecue Society WV State BBQ championship. It will be held at Lazy A Campground near Ganotown, southwest of Martinsburg.
“Pickin’ in the Panhandle has grown each year and this year we’ve added some new attractions that will entice our BBQ and bluegrass audiences,” said Andrea Ball, festival director. “We’ll be adding a third stage that features West Virginia bluegrass artists, music workshops for beginner musicians, and a Tastin’ Tent where our attendees can enjoy samples of the barbecue competition.”
The 2011 musical lineup includes: Marty Stuart, Dixie Bee-Liners, Confederate Railroad, The SteelDrivers, Trent Tomlinson, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Dale Ann Bradley, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass, The Hillbenders, Lonesome River Band, Fitzmaurice, Darrell Webb Band, The Lilly Mountaineers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, NewFound Road, Shannon Wurst, Back Creek Valley Boys, Stoney Creek, Appalachia, Stacy Grubb, Dry Mill Road, Circa Blue, Half Bad Bluegrass Band, No One You Know, Appalachian Flyer and Midnight Ryde Bluegrass Band.
Pickin’ in the Panhandle will also host a professional and backyard BBQ cook-off, music contests, arts and crafts, food vendors, the Beer Garden for our guests age 21 and older, and the Kids Korner for our younger audience.
Sponsored by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau, tickets are available at www.PanhandlePickin.com or at the CVB office at 115 N. Queen St. in downtown Martinsburg. Weekend passes cost $40 if purchased before July 1 ($50 after July 1) and one-day passes are $25. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult.
Campsites are available for $25 per night and must be arranged through the CVB.
For details about the musical lineup, competitions, or general festival information, visit www.PanhandlePickin.com. You can also follow the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PanhandlePickin.