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A soggy bluegrass fest

John MolseedMay 21, 2019

RUSHFORD — The Soggy Bottom Boys are a fictional band from the Coen Brothers’ 2000 movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou.” On Sunday, a soggy bluff-bottom grounds was a reality at the Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association’s May festival.

Campground owner Tom Vix helped tow a couple larger campers from soggy ground at Cushion’s Peak Campground Sunday morning.

“I’ll probably have to do a couple more before it’s all done,” he said.

According to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis., more than an inch of rain fell on the grounds from Saturday evening through 10 a.m. Sunday morning. However, the music was held indoors and the rain of little serious consequence — especially for festival goers who remember the SEMBA August festival in 2007. Downpours sent the nearby Root River out of its banks and toward the campgrounds. Most surrounding highways were closed due to high water.

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