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Great Blue Heron Music Festival Draws Thousands

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Thousands of people from across the tri-state area kicked off their Independence Day weekend,  at the 23rd annual Great Blue Heron music festival in Sherman, NY.

The genres of music played ranges from bluegrass to reggae, old-time to funk, and that's naming just a few.

"This is a jewel of a festival, and I'd kind of like to keep it a little bit secret, so don't tell the whole world about the Great Blue Heron music festival," said Bill Morian of Frediona, NY. He met his wife at the festival in 1996 and has attended every year since.

Sightings of bare-feet in the audience, hoola hoopers, and splashes of tye-die gives the fest a '70s feel.

When asked to describe the vibe of the fest, Darren McCarthy of Buffalo, NY replied, "Freedom."

McCarthy's referring to the freedom attendees have to wander, hike, camp, and swim, throughout the 300 acres of land - and of course, enjoy the music.

Thirty bands from from all over the US will perform across three stages. The main stage rests at the bottom of a hill, the second "dance tent" stage offers dance lessons between performers, and the third stage is hidden, deep in the woods.

The woods and pastures are full of tents, campers staying for the whole weekend.

McCarthy says it takes staying overnight to get the full "Blue Heron" experience. 2014 marks his 20th straight year attending the festival.

"The morning music is really beautiful, sweet, and stunningly, he said. "With the trees, sky, and the vibe, it's a really good time."

Sharing the beauty of their family's land is Juile Rockcastle had in mind when she co-founded the festival 23 years ago.

"It's really exciting and it's part of our vision. We need to share the place, and it's always been kind of a place for the community to build,"  Rockcastle said.
The festival brings more than 5,000 people to Sherman, NY, each Independence Day weekend.

"I highly recommend it. Once you go, you'll always come back," McCarthy said.

Tickets are available at the gate - $40 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday.
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