FAIRBANKS — For three days each July, the tiny community of Anderson swells to an impromptu city of campers, tents, RVs and motorhomes as revelers converge on the sleepy little town for the Anderson Bluegrass Festival.
This year’s event brought in approximately 3,000 spectators from across the state to Anderson, about 1 and 1/2 hours south of Fairbanks off the Parks Highway, for the 25th annual festival. Three days of bluegrass, dancing and camaraderie filled the more than 600-acre Riverside Park, with music starting Friday afternoon and lasting through Sunday. Saturday night is the main attraction, with bands taking the stage to past 3 a.m., only stopping their performances at midnight so visitors can take in a massive fireworks show. Saturday’s fireworks show was dedicated to Jerry Mueller, a former Anderson mayor, Denali Borough Assemblyman and Anderson Clear Lion’s Club member who recently passed away. The Anderson Clear Lion’s Club is the driving force behind the bluegrass festival.
More than 25 bands from across Alaska brought their talents and skills to the event.
“We were already in the Interior, and we knew we had to play Anderson again,” said Amanda Chisholm, a bassist and vocalist with the Shawn McCole Trio of Juneau who played Friday night at the Marlin in Fairbanks. “It worked well for us.”