© 2019 by Jenna DeLaurentis

 What began as a service learning project at Sierra Nevada College has transformed into the "Lost Sierra Hoedown," a 4-day bluegrass festival at the historic Johnsville Ski Bowl at Plumas-Eureka State Park in California.

I attended this event in September 2018 with no expectations and left pleasantly surprised by the diversity of music, activities, and people.  

HOWDY FROM THE HOEDOWN

Johnsville, California - September 2018

MUSIC

With a name like "Lost Sierra Hoedown," I definitely expected some country-cowboy stomping tunes, but was surprised to find a wide array of music at the event. From Marty O'Reilly & The Old School Orchestra to Sam Chase and Royal Jelly Drive, there was always a great musician or band on stage.

At the Hoedown, there are three main stages. The first is the biggest stage outside, with the most amount of room for dancing and viewing. Inside is the Lodge Set, where you can have a more intimate music experience. There is also the tent, which offers a similar vibe to the biggest stage but is more enclosed. Later in the night, there are sometimes musicians playing in a smaller, fourth stage up on the hill overlooking the event.

 

LIFESTYLE

Like music but wondering what else there is to do at the Hoedown? Luckily, partly for being in such a beautiful location in northern California, there are many activities to keep you busy.

One of the most popular daytime activities is a short hike or drive up to Eureka Lake, which offers pristine water and views. If you are feeling ambitious, you can even hike to Eureka Peak for a stunning view of the state park.

Other than that, yoga classes are offered in the mornings and there are craft and other activities for children throughout the weekend.

From incredible music to beautiful views, there is never a shortage of things to do at the Hoedown.

 

INTERESTED IN THE HOEDOWN? FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE 2019 LOST SIERRA HOEDOWN HERE