Flatwater Festival Friday, Saturday

A year after rain forced many of the Friday activities inside, the forecast looks promising for the Prairie Loft's Flatwater Music Festival on Friday and Saturday.

"I have three weather websites open and I am definitely looking every day at least once," Prairie Loft executive director Amy Sandeen said Wednesday afternoon. "So far, so good.

"Different sources are saying different things. Right now, according to the National Weather Service, there's a 30 percent chance (of rain) Thursday night and Friday. They're not saying there will be any great accumulation. We're keeping our fingers crossed."

Gates open 6 p.m. Friday. In addition to music, food and art vendors will also be on the grounds.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Tickets are available to purchase at the gate. Children 12 and younger are free.

Most of the bands performing at this year's festival are new to Flatwater.

"We treat all of our main stage bands as headliners," Sandeen said. "We're thrilled to have all of them here. The Cowboy Dave Band is from Denver and they'll be making their debut at Flatwater. It's great energy, really accessible music for everyone. They follow The Bottle Tops from Lincoln who are really fun, incredibly talented musicians with high energy. So Friday night's going to be really fun."

The Bottle Tops perform at 7 p.m., on the main stage. The Cowboy Dave Band follows at 9:15 p.m.

Sandeen said local band Bonfire, who performs at 6 p.m. on the Prairie Loft patio, is a fun way to kick off the weekend.

Halden Wofford and The HiBeams, who perform at 9:30 p.m., Saturday on the main stage, performed at the festival's barn dance last year during the Friday night rain.

"People had a blast listening to them," she said. "So we're thrilled to have them on the main stage outside this year."

Members Halden Wofford and The HiBeams are friends with members of Finders and Youngberg, who perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday.

"These two Colorado bands are coming together that night on our stage and it should be a rockin' good time," Sandeen said.

Lincoln band The Wildwoods will be making its Flatwater debut at 6 p.m., Saturday.

"Again, a young group playing original songs and familiar hits and their spirit is infectious," she said.

Festival gates open 11:30 a.m. Saturday. In addition to food and art vendors, local bands will perform on the Shady Stage every half hour beginning at noon.

Hour-long music jams and workshops covering topics such as hambone and creative rhythm as well as songwriting, also begin at noon and run through 5 p.m.

Scheduled children's activities are also available throughout the day Saturday leading up to the main stage performances.

The beer garden opens at 6 p.m., Friday and 5 p.m., Saturday.

This is the ninth year for the festival and its eighth at Prairie Loft. Flatwater was at the Adams County Fairgrounds its first year.

"It's a fantastic way to bring community and culture together in a unique setting," Sandeen said. "There's festivals like this all over the community, outdoor acoustic music festivals, and not as many of this ilk in our region. We are just really excited to offer an event like this where everyone is welcome. We hope to provide a really good time for everybody."

The festival is still in need of volunteers to help with the parking area as well as other duties.

"If anyone is interested in volunteering in exchange for free entry on the day they work they can contact me," she said.

— 6-7 p.m.: Bonfire
— 7-9 p.m.: The Bottle Tops
— 9:15-11:30 p.m.: Cowboy Dave Band
— Noon-12:30 p.m.: Hot Wangs and Stu
— Noon-1 p.m.: Hambone and creative rhythm
— Noon-1 p.m.: Kids activity, make a rhythm stick
— 12:30-1 p.m.: Sam Burt
— 1-1:30 p.m.: Scott Taylor
— 1-2 p.m.: Songwriting
— 1-1:30 p.m.: Family yoga
— 1:30-2 p.m.: Classic Country Cloggers
— 1:30-2 p.m.: Make an egg shaker
— 2-2:30 p.m.: Outlaws and Runaways
— 2-3 p.m.: Clawhammer banjo
— 2-3 p.m.: Music for kids
— 2:30-3 p.m.: Wheeler Walz
— 3-4 p.m.: Drum circle
— 3-3:30 p.m.: Make a rhythm stick
— 3:30-4 p.m.: Family yoga
— 4-5 p.m.: Kait Berreckman
— 4-5 p.m.: Acoustic jam circle
— 4-5 p.m.: Music for kids
— 5-5:30 p.m.: Nathan Hoeft
— 5-5:30 p.m.: Make an egg shaker
— 6-7:15 p.m.: The Wildwoods
— 7:30-9:15 p.m.: Finnders and Youngberg
— 9:30-11:30 p.m.: Halden Wofford and The HiBeams

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