The History of our Festival


The High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival Board and volunteers are thrilled to invite you to the 15th annual event in the heart of the Rockies. The stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the friendly town of Westcliffe provide a magnificent backdrop for the festival, but it is four days of nationally-renown bluegrass performers that set this festival apart.


High Mountain Hay Fever 2016 was another great success with close to 4,130 attending. The Festival Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation, intitated the High Mountain Hay Fever Children's Health Fund and donated $30,000.00 as the first contributor. Proceeds from the 2016 Festival Beer and Wine tips and an additional $20000.00 were also donated to the new fund .  For more info on the Children's Health Fund, visit the Foundation website.


The High Mountain Hay Fever Festival Association is a non-profit organization run by an incredible group of volunteers working year round to make the festival happen. Lou Reid, a 3-time HMHF performer, and another HMHF alumni group, The Seldom Scene, both say, "High Mountain Hay Fever is a great, first-class festival, both in the past and present." The organization intends to avoid the sprawl and congestion of large festivals while offering nationally recognized bluegrass talent and remaining true to its motto: Small Scale—Big Time.


2016-2017 High Mountain Hay Fever Festival Association Board of Directors:

Ron Thomason, President 

Vic Barnes, Vice-President

Steve Sell, Treasurer

Jacke Barnes, Secretary

Don Belveal

Dana Diehl Derick

Butch Gemin

Peggy Kavookjian

Polly Miller

Jim Otis

Susan Sutherland

Gary Taylor

Ron Terry



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