VBGMA Sponsors

 Sponsor a Bluegrass/Gospel Band for our 2017 Festival


Sponsoring a Band will not only help the Bluegrass/Gospel Music Association put on our Annual Festival, but it will also benefit your business.  A shared sponsorship will recognize you or your business in the following ways:

- Your name or your business name will be announced when the band you sponsor performs during the festival.

- Your name or your business name will be printed on the flier handed out at the festival.

 - Your name or your business name will be posted on a bulletin board during the festival in the Festival tent.

- Any receipts brought back from your place of business by the Festival attendee will be placed in a drawing for a $25.00 prize.

Please consider helping our association put on another community and family oriented Bluegrass/Gospel Festival.  Your sponsorship at any level is greatly appreciated.

The VBGMA is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Membership and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.


Bluegrass/Gospel Groups to Sponsor for 2017


The High 48s

Truman's Ridge

The Hartley Family

String Ties

The Purdy River Band

The DisChords  



2017 Festival Band Sponsorship


Business Sponsor___________________________________________



Contact:__________________________  Phone: __________________ 



                   (include city, state and zip)


 If you would like your sponsorship applied to a particular band or bands please list here:






Amount of Sponsorship:  $_______________ 


Make checks payable and send to:



P.O. Box 323

Viroqua, WI 54665


Thank you for your support! 














Welcome to Viroqua & the VBGMA



   Viroqua is a Main Street City with the small town charm of only 3 stop lights.  Located on Highways 14/61 at the junctions of Highways 56, 82 and 27 we are located at the doorway to the Driftless Region. Our rich history is preserved in numerous museums in our area. Vernon County boasts more round barns than any other county in the nation. The Kickapoo River is a beautiful sight to see, with great canoeing, biking and hiking trails all contributing to bring you to “One with Nature”.

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                 Downtown Viroqua                                                           Fairground's Sign


   At the north end of Viroqua sits the Vernon County Fairgrounds, host site of the Viroqua Annual Bluegrass & Gospel Festival. This musical event is always held on the second weekend of July. It provides affordable family entertainment and shares the Good News through music and fellowship. There are opportunities to join in or just sit back and listen; informal jam sessions seem to pop up out of nowhere, the workshops on Saturday morning provide an opportunity to hone your porch pickin’ skills and we welcome all musical people young and old alike to take center stage during the Open Stage session!


    We hope you take time to visit our shopping district, The Farmers Market, and the many Main Street events of the weekend. Our Viroqua business sponsors invite you to shop till you drop! Be sure to bring your receipts from area business’ back to the Festival Welcome Table. You could be the lucky winner of the $25.00 Shoppers Drawing.


    Are you a member of VGBMA? If so, you are eligible for the $50.00 Members Only Drawing held on Saturday night. So why not become a member! Go to our “Join Us” for more information on how to become a member.


    As part of our exciting Saturday Night break at 8:00 pm we have the drawing for a beautiful handmade Quilt, Packer Preseason, tickets and a football signed by the 2011 Superbowl team.


    In keeping with wholesome family entertainment there will be no alcohol or drug use on the grounds; we also asked that all pets remain on a leash in the camping area so as not to disturb other guests. This festival is for the young and young at heart.


    We thank our Lord for all the good music and all the people who come from far and near that bless us with great Bluegrass and Gospel Music.

Viroqua Bluegrass & Gospel Music Association

VBGMA History


    The Viroqua Bluegrass & Gospel Music Association (VBGMA) was spearheaded initially by David and Lorna Peterson and a group of people who wanted to bring Bluegrass and Gospel music to Viroqua in a festival-type setting.


    The first year for the festival was 2003 and it was held at Viroqua’s Wild West Grounds. “It was a year for learning,” said Eldon Gardner. “We made a lot of mistakes, but I think everyone knew we were trying our best.”


    Many of the promoters for Wild West Days were very encouraging and offered hands-on help. The Stage for the first festival was a semi-trailer bed donated by Winston Tally. Even with a hot, sunny day, there was good attendance which encouraged the fledgling group. At a post-festival meeting the decision was made to form a non-profit association and offer memberships to the public. It took most of the following year for the paperwork and state approval but the group was soon “official”.



    In 2004 the festival moved to the Vernon County Fairgrounds due to construction at the Wild West Grounds. This provided camping access and made it easier for the Lions and Lionettes to serve their delicious food.



    The festival has continued to grow. In 2005 people of all ages filled the 140 x 40’ tent. As a result of this growth and enthusiasm the VBGMA board decided in 2006 to expand the festival to include a Friday night program. A total of seven bands performed during the three-day weekend with workshops offered on Saturday morning as well.


    Seven bands and the rental of the grounds, tent and the sound system do not come without a price. Revenue to pay these expenses comes from gate receipts, raffles, memberships and donations. It takes years to establish a festival. It is beginning to break even but there is still an outstanding loan to repay. As the festival continues to be a success the group plans to share any profits with charitable organizations in the community.


    The association’s goals include bringing the family entertainment to the area and to promote singing, listening, and learning about Bluegrass and Gospel music. Monthly Jam Sessions at the Park View Manor as well as Viroqua’s own Gospel band, the DisChords, are two of the offshoots of the initial vision. Your attendance helps to promote this family-oriented weekend of good music and fellowship and we thank you all for your support.

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