This is a great place to be for the weekend

Jason Malloy
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BIBLE HILL - As the majority of the vehicles were heading west on the highway yesterday Phyllis Megeney was heading east and wasn't complaining one bit.
The Amherst resident left the border town yesterday for Bible Hill to prepare for this weekend's fifth annual Dutch Mason Blues Festival. She said the traffic heading for last night's rock concert at Moncton's Magnetic Hill was thick.
"As much as we wanted to go to AC/DC we came here instead," she said yesterday afternoon from the campsite at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.
"We decided we'd get down here and have a nice day of relaxing and be ready for tomorrow night."
Phyllis and her husband Vern have attended each of the last three festivals held in Bible Hill since it was relocated from Metro Halifax for the 2007 show.
"This is a great place to be for the weekend," Phyllis said. "The show down here every year is getting bigger and better." Asked which artist she is anxious to see perform, she wasted no time in responding: "all of them."
Vern said the show is not always just on
the main stage, which adds to the festival's attraction.
"There's usually quite a bit of talent just in the campsite," he said, noting the atmosphere around the show is great.
"Everyone is in the right frame of mind," he added. "Everybody is so friendly."
Co-producer Jeff Yuill said tickets were selling fast and the campsites were almost full.
"We're pretty excited. We feel confident everything is getting set up a little earlier than maybe other years," he said. "We're looking forward to a great weekend."
A lot of the artists were arriving yesterday and overnight.
"We have a real balanced lineup this year," he said.
It starts tonight with the likes of local talent and Ducth Mason's son Garrett Mason, Rick Derringer and Colin James and continues tomorrow with Sue Foley, Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Jimmie Vaughan and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Sunday's lineup includes Matt Minglewood and Dr. Hook.
Yuill said about 240 volunteers are working hard to make the festival a success.
"I want to thank everybody in the community because everyone has rallied around to put a good face forward to the tourists coming in," he said.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: AC/DC, Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition

Geographic location: Bible Hill, Amherst, Moncton

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