You will have a blast!!!
Frets Alot has all the places listed to check out the information about the festival.
You may be able to rent or borrow a dulcimer while you are there. I do know some vendors like Chris Foss may have one or two.
There is so much going on....it is amazing! When you look at the schedule, take the classes you are interested in and not just stick with the beginner, int., adv., etc. You will get handouts and even if you may not be able to keep up, you will have the information in your head or recorder. It's usually good to have a recorder. Workshops fly by fast and furious.....
I am the editor of the ODPC newsletter (Original Dulcimer Players Club) and I can tell you lot's of exciting things that are happening this year. First of all, it will be the 50th anniversary of the ODPC and the 40th Festival! It is the oldest dulcimer festival in the country!
If you can at all participate in the hammered dulcimer preshow on Fri. night you should try....even if you have to borrow a dulcimer. We are trying to break the record and get at least 300 hammered dulcimer players to play in the show! You can find the tune list on line. It is awesome! There is also talk about each participant getting a coupon for an ice cream cone from McDonald's (within walking distance) and/or a special commemorative button that will for sure be a keepsake! I know I will be there!!
This year there are going to be 5 national hammered dulcimer winners there! These people are not paid and in fact everyone from the performers, vendors, to teachers all have to pay their entrance fee just like everyone else. There is no other festival like it!
You can check out their facebook page and you can subscribe to the ODPC newsletter if you want to. The newsletter comes out 4 times a year and you can have it mailed or get it electronically. (it is in color if you have it emailed, plus it saves the ODPC the cost of printing and a stamp) All you have to do is join the ODPC for $5 a year. There are reports, tunes, information on the festival, and interesting stories, plus lot's more. It is more than worth it!
I am just now finishing up my final drawing for the T-shirt contest. There is always a contest and the winner gets 2 free T-shirts plus acknowledged as the artist on stage on the Sat. night concert. I hope I win!!!!
You will probably be able to get electricity, because the camping situation has really been upgraded. There are nice new bathroom/shower facilities now too if you prefer to use those.
Anyway, I think you will have a great time!! I hope to see you there!!