In Pennsylvania, bluegrass is the staple of our Appalachian heritage. Smoked Country Jam is a bluegrass festival completely grasps this concept and as so they feed their voracious guests well. A four day festival of nonstop music is highlighted with some of the best bluegrass acts from all over the country. Held at the serene Quiet Oaks Campground, you won’t have to worry about the location be shabby – far from it. You will have to worry about how you’ll ever manage to leave at the end of the weekend. Country Jam boasts an impressive schedule of nearly fifty shows between over two dozen bands. What’s more, the music is literally all day, starting by 10:00 AM and playing straight through to midnight. Legitimate bands otherwise not paid to perform and looking for high visibility or a foot in the door can volunteer their talent to the showcase stage. Performers are not compensated for anything and must actually be ticket holders at the festival. Definitely not an open mic, it is more like a super-pumped battle of the bands. This pseudo-amateur style stage is an interesting and popular caveat to the main stage performances. In addition to all the soulful Appalachian music Country Jam hosts vendors selling food and merchandise, children’s activities, and a Lupus Auction. Held in conjunction with the train of music are workshops and jam sessions. In fact, jamming is encouraged at this festival. Some people buy a weekend ticket and never go to the main stage. They just pick at their campsite and have a wonderful time doing so. Amateur songwriters are encouraged to register before hand for the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Contest. Top three winners of the contest get to perform their song at the festival and their work is put on an official festival compilation CD and cataloged with the Smithsonian Institute! Tragically, Teresa Kodish, wife of festival organizer Rod Kodish was diagnosed with Lupus in 2002. Since then it has been the festival’s humble mission to support Lupus research and raise awareness about this as-of-now incurable disease. Part of the proceeds from the festival goes directly to foundations which support these goals. Admission rates, parking rates, and camping rates vary.