How to get along

We ask for your cooperation in abiding by the rules which are a necessary part of such a large event. The Board of Directors and the festival personnel have thought out these rules carefully and ask for your cooperation during your stay at the Fairgrounds. Please read the following rules and regulations carefully and give us your full cooperation. If everyone follows these simple guidelines, we can all enjoy our festival days together in harmony and listen to some wonderful music!

Please keep our ID band on at all times - Your ticket entitles you to enter the fairgrounds and participate in all musical performances on the date or dates covered by the ticket. Camping fees are included in all three and four-day tickets. You will be banded when your ticket is taken at the front gate. No replacements will be made unless you purchase another ticket. All festival attendees need to be banded. Security personnel will be checking for ID bands and will ask un-banded persons to leave the fairgrounds or purchase a ticket.

Audience Area is Alcohol Free - Public drunkenness is not permitted in the audience area. Persons who interfere with the enjoyment of the rest of the audience will be asked to leave the area.

Festival Site is Drug Free - Anyone caught using illegal drugs will be required to leave the fairgrounds for the balance of the festival.

Leave No Trace - Help maintain the cleanliness of the grounds and restrooms. Deposit all trash in available bins and recyclable containers in appropriate bins. Please leave trash barrels where they are. Additional containers are available if needed.  Just ask.

We Are An Acoustic Festival - Please leave your amplifiers and electric instruments at home.

Scooter or Skateboard Riding and Roller-Blading or Skating - are prohibited on the festival grounds from Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. until Sunday after the music on stage stops, and at all times on the inner fairgrounds.

Bicycle Riding - Adults (age 18 or older) may obtain a bicycle pass for use in the camping area only except for festival volunteer workers. Please check with a volunteer or Festival Headquarters for more information

Motorcycles - Only California street legal motorcycles are allowed on the fairgrounds.

NO GOLF CARTS OR ATVs - The only allowable golf carts on the fairgrounds will be OFFICIAL FESTIVAL VEHICLES. All other golf carts and ATVs (except those used by Gold Country Security) are prohibited on the festival grounds from Monday prior to the festival until Monday following the festival except for single person battery operated vehicles used by the handicapped or people with medical problems.

NO OPEN CAMPFIRES - Keep a close watch on camp stoves, barbecues, lanterns, etc. Make sure they are completely out when not in use.

PETS - Dogs and cats are allowed in the majority of the camping areas during the festival. They are not allowed in the Tent-camping-only area or the main venue area. Owners must comply with the CBA’s policies.

NO ROPING OFF AREAS except by festival officials. Due to the large number of campers, “saving a spot” for a friend who is coming later is not allowed. If your group wants to be together, try to arrive at about the same time.

NO SMOKING in the audience seating area. Please be considerate of your fellow audience members and smoke around the perimeter or camping areas.

NO SOLICITING, DEMONSTRATIONS OR UNAUTHORIZED CONCESSIONS - For a variety of reasons, including cleanliness of the fairgrounds, avoidance of congestion, security, crowd control, and the fulfillment of the CBA's contractual commitments, no ticket holder is authorized to sell merchandise or carry on any commercial enterprise at the festival without a concessionaire's permit obtained prior to the start of the festival in accordance with the rules and procedures of the CBA. No ticket holder is authorized to distribute or post literature, leaflets, flyers, circulate petitions, picket or carry signs, or set up booths or tables in connection therewith without the express written permission of the Board of Directors of the California Bluegrass Association obtained prior to the festival.

NO USING THE WATER DITCH that runs through the fairgrounds for wading, drinking, washing, trash disposal, or any other purpose. This ditch is a part of the fresh water system for the town of Grass Valley.

VIDEO RECORDING OF ARTISTS' STAGE PERFORMANCES IS PROHIBITED unless specifically allowed and permission is indicated by a sign displayed near the stage stating that video recording is permitted. If permitted, this permission applies only to the artist on stage at the time the sign is displayed. Persons who tape bands against their wishes will be asked to stop by security personnel. If they refuse, they will be asked to leave the fairgrounds.

AUDIO TAPING directly through the sound system or the CBA's feed from there is prohibited unless written consent to do so has been obtained from the CBA Board of Directors prior to the festival.

SERVICE/SUPPORT ANIMALS - In compliance with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and the Unruh Civil Right Act (California Code sections 54-55.2), individuals with a service or support animal or persons who are licensed to train service or support animals are allowed to bring said animal to the festival. Service or support animals are expected to behave appropriately and unobtrusively as they assist their owners and while in common areas, it shall be on a leash, in a carrier, or otherwise under the direct control of the animal owner.

CONSERVE WATER AND ELECTRICITY - Campers and RVs may draw electrical power only from designated outlets. Water faucets and connections are scarce and should be shared.

KEEP YOUR GENERATOR USE MINIMAL - If you must run a generator on your RV to charge your battery or for any other reason, please keep the time minimal. Do not use your generator after 10 pm or before 8 am.

The California Bluegrass Association reserves the right to deny admission to anyone, and/or to have anyone removed from the fairgrounds if necessary or desirable at the discretion of the Festival Director or the CBA Board of Directors.