During our second visit to Raleigh, NC to examine facilities for the 2013 World of Bluegrass convention in late September, we took the occasion to visit the camping facilities available during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s signature event. The campground is a familiar part of the bluegrass experience, but one not really a convenient option in recent years.
This year, IBMA has arranged for camping at the NC State Fairgrounds, located five miles from downtown Raleigh where the festivities will be held. Sites are offered for $25/night, which includes water, power and sewage hookups. Both tent and RV campers are welcome and the Fairgrounds can accommodate as many as 300 sites at a number of locations on their property.
Though plans are not yet solidified, Claudine Davis with the Fairgrounds showed us a small stage near the main camping area which may be made available for jamming during IBMA week. She told us that they maintain 24/7 security in the area, and seek to maintain a family atmosphere where children are welcome.
If you are interested in reserving a camp site for WOB week, you should contact Claudine by phone (919-839-4501) or email. She asked that emails include “IBMA RV 2013” as the subject line.
The Saturday of that week, September 28, is a home football game for NC State, and their stadium is just across the street from the fairgrounds. Word to the wise: if you would like to camp over this weekend, get your reservation in soon. Promotion for ACC football is about to kick into high gear.
Below are a few photos we snapped during our visit.