A good-time bluegrass festival that grows larger and more well-known with each passing year also boasts the largest herd of buffalo in the entire region.
We're talking southeast Ohio, not Wyoming or Montana.
"We have somewhere between 150 and 200 buffalo on the farm. People enjoy seeing the buffalo, so we've moved them up closer to the festival area this year," said Melda Dixon, owner of the local Dixon Buffalo Farm with her son, Joel Dixon.
The family farm sells buffalo hide and meat.
It's the sixth year for the bluegrass festival, she said. An estimated 350 to 400 people will spend part of the weekend listening to music, sampling the food, and enjoying outdoor activities.
There are already 30 to 40 campers (most tent camping, but motor homes and trailers are welcome) at the site.
If you go
What: Sixth annual Dixon's Buffalo Bluegrass Festival.
When: Opens 2 to 11:15 p.m. Friday, and noon to 11:45 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Dixon Buffalo Farm, just north of Beverly on Ohio 83, off Dixon Hollow Road.
Tickets: $20 Friday, $25 Saturday, $45 for weekend. Children under 16 free, camping free (no electric, water, or sewer available at campground).
Special: Food vendors, crafts, wagon rides for children, see buffalo and other farm animals up close.
For more information: (740) 984-2983.
"They've been here since earlier this week because they wanted to get a good spot," Dixon said. "I love it all. The people are so nice."
The 600-acre farm is just north of Beverly on Ohio 83 off Dixon Hollow Road. There are signs to direct festival visitors.
Parking is plentiful and free.
It all kicks off tonight with a Buffalo Feed for advance ticket holders. Bring a covered dish, and the Dixons provide the buffalo. The cost is $40 and covers the weekend, too.
Dixon calls it a "social thing," just something extra to kick off the festival. Like a big family reunion, friends and festival-goers get together every year, beginning with the Buffalo Feed.
"We have several bands coming both days (Friday and Saturday) and there will be nearly continuous music," she said.
North West Territory, Jordan Run, and Tommy Brown are just three of the bands that will perform at the festival.
For Monica Dietz of Beverly, a love of music draws her to bluegrass concerts throughout the region at least once a month. She's been a bluegrass fan about 15 years, she said.
It amounts to a good bit of travel, but this weekend she'll only have a few miles to go to hear the music she loves.
"Bluegrass music usually tells a story," Dietz said. "I like a lot of different music, but I particularly like bluegrass."
She has visited the Dixon's Buffalo Farm a number of times and plans to be back this weekend for the concert and festival.
"Over the two days they usually will have at least a dozen different bands and they are all talented musicians," she said. "Take your lawn chair and just relax. This year looks like a good lineup."
In addition to growing numbers of people who are discovering the Buffalo Bluegrass Festival each year, there are more and more vendors every year with everything from festival food to crafts, she said.
"We get an awful lot of people up from the Beverly area and from all over," Dixon said. "It's getting around word of mouth pretty good, although I do some advertising, too."
The idea was all her own, she said.
"I tried to talk my family into it 10 years ago (the family's been on the farm 12 years) but nobody was interested but me," she said. "I love music of any kind, especially bluegrass."
After unsuccessful attempts to change the family's mind, Melda Dixon decided to go it alone.
"I just told them I was going to do this and if they wanted to help, they were welcome, but if they didn't want any part of it, that was fine and I would do it myself," she said. "I made up my mind and went ahead with it."
Monica Dietz' son, Dana, 42, also of Beverly, has been to the festival several times.
"It's a lot of fun and a lot of good music," he said. "Anybody can enjoy it."