The Aiken Bluegrass Festival and Mini-Fest are back. After a year hiatus, Aiken's Mini-Fest is back, and plans are well under way for the 2010 Aiken Bluegrass Festival to be held in May. On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Whitney Polo Field will be alive with the sounds of the fiddle as more than six bands bring a day of bluegrass to Aiken. "The Mini-Fest is to promote bluegrass music and to remind people of the main festival in 2010," said founders Steve and Jeannie Groat. "After a year off, the festival is coming back." "We've added a new lineup this year including four bands with local roots, as well as The Iron Horse from Alabama. "They cover rock and roll bands in a bluegrass style which will appeal to a broad spectrum of ages and tastes. They put on a great show," said Christian Schaumann, organizer. The lineup includes Kenny George plays Bluegrass, Flipside, Doug & the Henrys, Woody and Fell Boley, The Iron Horse and many more. There will be a picking circle where anybody who wants to come with a string instrument is welcome. The day is designed to be a relaxing and fun event where families can bring picnics, coolers and well behaved dogs to enjoy music and friends. No glass containers will be permitted. Domino's, Sweet Cow Creamery and Moon Beans Coffee will be on hand serving food and beverages. "The Mini-Fest is a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Aiken day, to see family and friends and make new friends. It's a great Aiken day," said Sissi Sullivan, a fan of the mini-fest. Gates open at 3 p.m. with music from 4 until 10 p.m. Admission is by donation. The Mini-Fest sponsors the spring Bluegrass Festival, which serves as a fundraiser for STAR Riding and Driving, which enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities through safe therapeutic interaction with horses. For more information, visit Contact Rachel Johnson at