OAK HILL — The all-weekend-long Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill closed out Sunday afternoon.
Main performances were at the High Meadow Stages with the Dry Branch Fire Squad doing their gospel set at 10 a.m. to start off the day. Bill & The Belles played at 11 a.m., and then the Lonely Heartstring Band played at 12 p.m. From 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., there was the 19th annual Bluegrass Academy for Kids Graduation Gig.
Other events were the “Della Mae 5k,” yoga, meditation and simply jamming out to music at the Grass Roots tent.
“Everybody at my stage had a fabulous time,” said Alison Goessling, audio engineer at the Catskill stage. “I thought the bands were great.”
Goessling has been working at Grey Fox for several years; this is her first year as an audio engineer at one of the stages.
“There’s an atmosphere of friendship, camaraderie and sharing music that everyone loves,” she said.
Eriqua Jackson worked at a tent for Yogibo, a New Age beanbag furniture company.
“We’ve [Yogibo] been here for about three years, but this is my first year working here,” Jackson said. “Business is pretty good.”
Yogibo’s best-seller was its small animal pillows, said Jackson.
“There’s just an all-around great energy here,” she added.
“It’s been great,” said Susan DiCarlo, owner of Dazzle Studios. “I love Grey Fox.”
Dazzle Studios has been vending at the music festival for 15 years, DiCarlo said.
DiCarlo was introduced to Grey Fox by friends who are also vendors at events like this.
“I’m not sad to be leaving — but happy for it to be coming next year,” she said.
Rudd Young has been a volunteer at Grey Fox since 2010.
“The festival is all about the people,” he said. “That’s why I volunteer.”
Young helps fill any needed staff positions for the event.
“It was very good [the festival this year] — the rain was a part of the deal, but the music kept going,” he said.
“Grey Fox is a real joy,” said Joe Hall, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and a third year festivalgoer. “There’s so much humanity here.”
“Nevermind the music, this is an oasis of decency — people are pursuing the quality of life at a high level,” he added.
Rich Holoday is the owner and operator of Smoothie Shoppe, one of the various food vendors at Grey Fox.
“The goal is being healthy and still enjoying it,” he said. “Our smoothies are still sweet — but extremely healthy.”
A vegetarian himself, Holoday started the business due to his struggle to maintain a healthy diet. He pointed out that at festivals such as Grey Fox, people who have strict diets don’t have many options for food.
“I’ve attended Grey Fox and many other festivals and that’s how I came up with the business,” he said.
The Smoothie Shoppe does not use water or ice in their products and all their ingredients are GMO free, with no artificial flavors or additives. Their smoothies use nutritionally-dense foods, vegetables, herbs or byproducts, otherwise known as “super foods.”
“The Grey Fox atmosphere is family friendly — the people here are happy,” Holoday said.
The third annual Taste of Grey Fox Food Drive was held Sunday as guests were leaving. People could donate money and nonperishable food items to local food pantries.
“We’re already doing better than last year,” said the festival’s assistant director, Mary Burdette, on Sunday morning. “[The festival this year] was great — despite the weather, everyone was happy.”
Grey Fox will be back again in Oak Hill next year from July 19-22.
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