From an old-fashioned stage, tucked in among the trees, the Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival will entertain for the seventh year in a row.

Mike and Tari Conroy organize the annual event and again have about a dozen groups pickin' and grinnin' for the three-day festival July 24-26.

Groups coming to the valley include Trinity River Band of Florida, JD Webb and Downstate Ramblers of Oregon, Panhandle Polecats and New South Fork, both from Idaho, and Montana groups Pinegrass, Black Mountain Boys, Spring Thaw, Gravely Mountain, Darby Sireens and, of course, the Mike and Tari Conroy Band.

The ever-popular Pioneers in Bluegrass will include Jack Winters, Bill Neaves Sr, Forrest Clark, Fiddlin' Duane Stephens, Bob and JoAnne Martin.

The stage is set up on private land about 10 miles south of Hamilton. Turn off US 93 at milepost 37 onto Forest Hill Road and follow the signs the short distance to the festival. Cost for the weekend is $12 and dry camping is also available for $12.