Bluegrass festival in Guthrie keeps fans coming back

The 16th annual Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival went off without a hitch over the weekend in Guthrie. “This music is in me,” said one man at the festival.
BY ADAM KEMP akemp@opubco.com Published: October 10, 2012
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“People are very friendly and easygoing, and with this kind of festival everyone is here because they love the music and are just good folks,” he said.

Jim Triggs has been coming to the festival since the first one in 1996. He and his wife, Mary Ann, travel from Nashville, Tenn., to sell his handmade musical instruments.

Triggs, who said he recently sold eight guitars to singer Jimmy Buffett, loves coming to Guthrie because the atmosphere is different from the larger festivals.

“I like it because it's small,” Triggs said. “It's just good music and good people.”

George Kokendoffer, of Mustang, said he didn't expect the chilly weekend weather but added he had been through worse in his 16 years of attending the festival.

“I was here when Willie Nelson played, and it was bitterly cold that night,” he said. “Willie's music kept me warm, though.”