The PBS Newshour, broadcast nightly during the week on hundreds of public television stations across the US, aired a special report July 31 about Colorado’s RockyGrass festival. Last year, shortly after the 2013 event, the St. Vrain River drastically flooded its banks, destroying roads and property and reshaping the topography along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado.
And this included the home of RockyGrass in Lyons, CO.
As we covered last year, the festival site was a washout, but organizers and townsfolk expressed an immediate determination to rebuild. PBS chronicled this effort, and showed the successful return of the long-running festival amidst continuing uncertainty among local residents about their own homes and livelihoods.
RockyGrass director and IBMA Board Member, Craig Ferguson, appears in the piece describing his own experiences watching the flood tear through the festival grounds, where he maintains his home, and then see it reclaimed and the festival hosted again less than a year later.