Oh My GOSH! The kids are just amazing! There is a kids camp that goes on during the Red, White, and Bluegrass Festival. Different bluegrass groups donate their time during the festival to work with the children that want to learn and each year it is such a HUGE hit. Kids from 5 or 6 years old all the way up through the teen years participate and have a wonderful time coming together and learning. I love watching them on stage, and I will tell you, you can't get a more receptive audience than at the Red, White and Bluegrass festival. Some of the kids are so comfortable on stage, some are concentrating so hard, some are just beginners, almost too small to hold their instruments and some are ready to move on to a career in bluegrass. All ages, all skill levels, and so amazing. The audience cheers and stands for them all and is so encouraging with their praise after the set is over.
OK you can't see it well in the photo, but the upright bass players are in the back, the instruments are quite LARGE. I chuckled as they were filing off the stage, one of the last kids off stage was an upright bass player, and he was tiny. Maybe 6 or 7 years old. He was shorter than the body of the upright bass itself, but he picked it up and marched off the stage. So dedicated.