Bluegrass at the Village

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The Ozaukee County Historical Society will hold Bluegrass at the Village on Sunday, August 9th at the Ozaukee County Pioneer Village from 11:00-5:00PM. Now one of the largest bluegrass festivals in this area, Bluegrass at the Village will host four bluegrass bands that will take the stage on the old Cedarburg Train Station platform. Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss Bluegrass at the Village 2020!

We are pleased to introduce this year's line up! From Milwaukee first up will be Pickin' Up Speed, an all-time favorite of the festival; Second will be from Madison, Wheelhouse with their version of bluegrass/americana; Third will be our featured band from Illinois, Special Consensus which will be a special treat: Fourth from Milwaukee, Chickenwire Empire with their high-energy, fast-pickin' bluegrass.


This year’s featured band is Special Consensus from IL. The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. The band is led by Greg Cahill, banjo player and recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and includes Rick Faris (guitar), Dan Eubanks (bass) and Nate Burie (mandolin). Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations. They are four talented vocalists and instrumentalists who follow their creative desires without straying too far from their bluegrass roots. The 19th band recording, Rivers and Roads (Compass Records, 2018), was nominated for the 2018 Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY award and received 2018 IBMA awards for Album of the Year! Greg Cahill will be inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Hall of Greats in Nashville, TN in February 2020!


Those who attend will be greeted by young fiddlers from the area who will play a tune or two. They can stroll through the outdoor living history museum to learn what life was like in rural Ozaukee County between the years of 1840-1920. At 2:00 anyone who wants to show off their talents can join in an old fashioned "Kitchen Band" on the porch of the Maronde Cabin.


There is a wide variety of food and beverage selections that will be served throughout the day and people who “love to win" can participate in the huge fundraising raffle for some awesome prizes donated by local businesses. 

Over 500 seats under the tent. Picnic tables, additional chairs are shaded by trees. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.  (No pets, coolers, carry-in food or beverage is permitted). Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors & Students.

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Cancelled 2020

Booked for 2021!

October 23 & October 24

Haunted Village: History with an Eerie Twist


The Ozaukee County Historical Society announces an all new event at Ozaukee County Pioneer Village that will take place on October 23 and October 24.  Starting from 6:30 to 9:30 there will be lantern lead tours through the village. The paths will be lit with luminaries designed by Art Oasis. At several points throughout the tour, there will be stops at candle lit jack-o-lanterns to hear a story from Haunted Wisconsin and several other books of local history. Visitors will learn the real meaning of the child’s song, “Ring a Round the Rosie”, spirits will appear from the dark, the sound of the Horse of Death will be heard from the barn and they will learn about working the Graveyard Shift, just to provide a sampling.

The tours will start at 15 minute intervals. Only ten people will be assigned in each group. Guests will be required to wear masks and people outside their families will be requested to social distance from others in the group. The Ozaukee County Historical Society takes the directives of the CDC seriously and wants their guests and volunteers to stay safe and have fun. We suggest the content is suitable for children 8 and older. The ground is uneven, so sturdy shoes are recommended.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. The event is rain or shine. If your preferred time slot is already full, you will be automatically grouped with the next time slot available (An email confirmation will be sent to you). Please arrive 15 minutes early to be checked in. Bring your receipt as confirmation of your purchase.

Thank you to our sponsors: Cedarburg Overhead Door, Big Joe’s Gas & Convenience Store, Neuen’s Fredonia Lumber, Witte’s Vegetable Farm and Ozaukee Ace Hardware.

Hurry and get tickets, as spots are limited. If sold out, additional dates may become available.

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