There’s something about bluegrass music that brings people together, said Rich Winklemann, owner of Granite Hill Camping Resort, the Evening Sun of Hanover, Pa., reported.

And for the past 36 years, he said, the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival has done just that.

“There are huge groups of family and friends that come every year, and there are some that come to connect with people they only see at the festival,” said Winklemann, who’s coordinated the event for 17 years. “Bluegrass people are very loyal and if they find an event they like, they come back.”

Winklemann expects around 3,000 people to attend this year’s event at his Gettysburg campground, featuring 16 music workshops and more than 30 performances from Thursday through Sunday (May 15-18).

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