Many of the events and attractions missing from this weekend will turn up in June, along with a few extra.
"All of the musicians who win contests this weekend will be invited back to a special Vandalia music stage," she said. "And yes, we'll have the dancing and the craft circle and of course, the food vendors."
The deputy commissioner said they tried to divide the resources of the Vandalia Gathering without taking away too much from what really draws people to the festival.
"This weekend we're focusing on the music contests and concerts," she said.
Following the presentation of the Vandalia Award to Gerry Milnes on Friday evening, there will be special concert showcasing West Virginia traditional musicians.
"We've got the West Virginia All-Star Bluegrass Band, John Lilly, Born Old, The Appalachian Country Cloggers and Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters," Gresham said then laughed. "Juanita is a guy named Mike. They're just a really fun band."
The music continues through the weekend with the usual slate of competitions, performances and award ceremonies.
"We're not leaving any of that out," she said, but with the two separate dates, they won't be adding anything new this weekend, either.
Gresham pointed out that aside from the numerous concerts and competitions, the Vandalia Gathering will still be a place where bluegrass and string band musicians can come and jam with their friends under the trees on the Capitol grounds. UPDATE: Though outdoor jams are welcome, there will be no official outdoor stages this year.
She said they'd never want to stop that.
"For a lot of people, the Vandalia Gathering is their annual reunion with old friends. This is where they come to hook up with other musicians and play with people they don't see regularly."
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