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Lake Itasca music event is back

The Alzen Family of Roberts, Wisc., is one of the many bands playing at the Lake Itasca Music Festival this weekend.

The 8th Annual Lake Itasca Family Music Festival will be held Friday-Sunday at the Pioneer Farmer's grounds near the north entrance to the park.

The family oriented event features bluegrass and traditional gospel music on several stages. Bands come from all over, with several well-known family bands from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

There are several stages at the event and music runs through most of the day.

The festival also is known for its workshops on music, as well as kids activities and food. Organizers said attendees should also bring an instrument, as the festival also is known for its jam sessions.

Camping is available, as well. As a family event, no drugs are alcohol are permitted. Organizers also ask that you keep your pets at home for the event.

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