"The Planet Bluegrass ranch, which sits on the St. Vrain River northwest of downtown and is the site of the RockyGrass bluegrass festival and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, was completely submerged at one point and suffered extensive damage. On Monday a new river was running in front of the main stage where only last month festivalgoers crowded to watch world-class performers.
Planet Bluegrass owner Craig Ferguson exemplified an optimism that ran through many parts of the Lyons community. He bought a backhoe Monday morning and was already at work cleaning up the Planet Bluegrass property, which also serves as his home. He believed he could redirect the water that was flowing in front of the stage, and his initial assessment was that most structures on the ranch, including the main stage and his residence, had withstood the flooding. The Planet’s slate of fall concerts and events are canceled, but asked what he’d tell fans wondering about next year, Ferguson said, “I’d get your tickets early.”