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3rd Annual Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival: 
A Benefit for Delaware Wild Lands

  • Five bands & foot stompin’ music all day!
  • Local Beers & Wines

  • Food Trucks

  • Craft Vendors & Lawn Games

  • Native Plant Sale

  • Free bus tours of the Great Cypress Swamp

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Headliner for 2018:

Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys from West Virginia – Staats has been featured on NBC’s Today ShowCBS Evening News, and CNN; in The New York Times and People magazine.

Experience this world-class mandolin, guitar, and fiddle player! Johnny is a 3-time winner of the Vandalia Mandolin Championships. He and his band have performed multiple times on NPR’s Mountain Stage and the Grand Ole Opry.

Other bands in the line-up will include:

New & Spare Fools – a collection of all-star musicians from the Delmarva region, this band is Mickey Justice and Todd Smith of Such Fools, Jon Simmons and Martin Wirtz of New and Used Bluegrass, and Wes Parks of No Spare Time.

Acoustic Turnpike – well-known in bluegrass circles of Northern Delaware and Southern New Jersey, members of this band are active in Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music, the organization that has hosted the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival for decades.

Flatland Drive – returning again for 2018, this local band is a festival favorite, combining traditional, hard-driving bluegrass with modern stylings.

Mountain Ride – new to our Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival, this group of young and dynamic musicians from southcentral Pennsylvania will also be appearing in Delaware at the Wilmington Wintergrass Festival.

Food trucks and drinks:

There will be something to tempt every taste from this year’s food trucks. Dixie’s Down Home Cooking is new to the food truck scene, but owners Bill and Kim Newsom have more than 27 years of food industry experience. Kim learned lots of special family recipes from her Aunt Helen, founder of Helen’s Famous Sausage House in Smyrna.

Truck It from Georgetown will be serving up their renowned grilled cheese and meatball sandwiches. Ice cream made by several Delaware creameries will available at a new food truck from The Blue Scoop (Selbyville/Fenwick), and delicious homemade pasties will be offered by The Blue Hen Baker.

Quench your thirst with Dogfish Head brews and local wines.

Stump the Plant Expert & the beauty of stumps

New this year will be a native plant sale hosted by How Sweet It Is, a garden center in Eden, MD.

Bring your toughest plant questions to the festival for free advice from a nationally-known horticultural expert. Richard Davis will be on hand at the native plant sale to chat with festival guests throughout the day.

Woodworking fans will be pleased that Michael O’Grady is returning this year with his beautiful and functional homewares. Michael and his team from Middletown will offer woodworking pieces that they make out of trees that Delaware Wild Lands has harvested from the Great Cypress Swamp.

Buy Early Bird tickets for only $25 until May 4!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:

Sandpiper Energy, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities

Dogfish Head

Ocean View Builders

Chris Martin, MD

J.G. Townsend, Jr. & Co. Frozen Foods

Tunnell Companies L.P.

Delmarva Public Radio

Morris James

Tidewater Utilities

Chip & Debbie West

Coastal Kayak

DE Storage

Coastal Tented Events


The 3rd Annual Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival is a benefit for Delaware Wild Lands (DWL). Festival grounds are on the scenic Roman Fisher Farm at the edge of the Great Cypress Swamp, the largest forest on the Delmarva Peninsula. DWL owns and manages 10,600 acres of the Swamp. Since 2011, we have planted 200,000 trees here.

This event is Rain or Shine! The stage and the front of the seating area are covered under a large tent. Bring a lawn chair.

Advance tickets for adults purchased online until May 4 are $25. Tickets after May 5 and at the gate are $35. Teens aged 13-17 are $10. Kids 12 and under are free.

Make it a weekend of it!

The Great Cypress Swamp straddles the Delaware-Maryland border. Book a hotel in Sussex, Wicomico, or Worchester Counties.

No outside coolers are permitted. Lots of good drinks and eats are available from our vendors.

A personal water bottle is okay to carry in, and we’ll have water stations where you can get a cup of water or refill your bottle.

We have a barn and many picnic tables for indoor and outdoor eating. The barn is also our jamming area, so bring a musical instrument, if you’d like.

Free bus tours through the Great Cypress Swamp will be looping all day. Experience nature from the comfort of a bus seat.

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Read about our festival in the Great Cypress Swamp in the Spring 2018 issue of Outdoor Delaware magazine.