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Bill Shaffer of Shaffer's Lost 40 picks lead guitar for the band at the ninth annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival. Photo by Travis Grimler1 / 6
Though they arrived a little late, Audey Blaylock & Redline was well received. Here, Blaylock, guitarist strums out a tune and belts out a song. Photo by Travis Grimler2 / 6
Clouds kept the temperature down as fans enjoyed the ninth annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival in Pine River. Here, Blue Hazard plays. Photo by Travis Grimler3 / 6
Patrick McAvinue of Audie Blaylock and Redline fiddles his heart out at the ninth annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival. Photo by Travis Grimler4 / 6
Clara Wicklund of Blue Hazard not only plays upright Bass, but dances whenever appropriate at th ninth annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival. Photo by Travis Grimler5 / 6
Clara Wicklund of Blue Hazard not only plays upright Bass, but dances whenever appropriate at th ninth annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival. Photo by Travis Grimler6 / 6

Nighttime rains did not put a damper on the ninth annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival.

Though ground saturation meant this year's event parking was a little bit shifted, there was no shortage of fans parking their lawn chairs in front of the band shell at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River for bands like Audie Blaylock & Redline, Shaffers Lost 40 and the returning Monroe Crossing.

If anything, the cloudy weather meant festival goers could enjoy the shows in comfort.

This year's event featured 13 lively bands, including The Spinney Brothers, the Lakes Bluegrass Festival's first international band.

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