The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival (August) and the Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff (June) are held each year at El Rancho Manana Campground & Riding Stables in Stearns County, about 20 minutes West of St Cloud. The naturally shaded concert seating area and a beautiful new main stage facility, designed and built by MBOTMA with the assistance of dozens of volunteers in 2003, make the site one of the most beautiful in bluegrass.
El Rancho Manana is Minnesota's largest campground and riding stable. The campground itself covers approximately 208 acres. 25 miles of hiking and riding trails meander through over 1200 acres of beautiful rural Minnesota landscape. El Rancho Manana has been owned and operated by the Ward family since 1963.
Location & Directions
El Rancho Manana is located about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is about 20 miles west of St Cloud. From either city follow I-94 west to exit #153 at Avon. Drive eight miles south on County Road 9 and then turn left on Manana Road. The towns of Richmond and Cold Spring are just a few miles to the south. El Rancho Manana is close to the geographic center of the state, easily accessible to folks from anywhere in Minnesota.
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The facilities for camping at El Rancho Manana are excellent. There are many reserved grassy, shaded, sites, most with electric (30 and 50 amp) and water available, and some with sewers. There is also ample space for first-come first-serve unimproved camping, both in open field and in wooded areas.
El Rancho Manana has two new shuttle vehicles to help folks get around, and the concert area has been centrally situated between the various camping areas.
There are two fully modern bathhouses with a total of fourteen showers. There are also laundry facilities, a dump station, and a general store. Alternative activities for the family include a swimming beach (the campground is on Long Lake), boat rentals, horseback riding, and bike riding on 25 miles of wilderness trails.
Area Motels (in order of their distance to the festival grounds)
in Cold Spring
Pillar Inn B&B, 320-685-3828
Riverside Inn, 320-685-4539
Budget Host, 320-356-2211
Country Inn, 320-845-2145
in St Joseph
Super 8, 320-363-7711
in St Cloud
Fairfield Inn, 320-654-1881
Country Inn, 320-259-8999
Quality Inn, 320-251-1500
Radisson Hotel, 320-654-1661
Super 8, 320-253-5530
Holiday Inn, 320-253-9000
Days Inn, 320-253-4444
For festival tickets or further information:
1-800-635-3037 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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