After a few Myers Rum and orange juice drinks…

Early spring in 1995…Kermit Weeks and I had the brainstorm that we would start a music fest. It would be held at Kermit’s brand new facility, Fantasy of Flight Aviation attraction in Polk City, Florida, And we would call it “Wings and Strings”! It was 7 years of bringing in the best of the Americana bands…including John Hartford, Ricky Skaggs, Asleep at the Wheel and Robert Earl Keene (just to name a few). There were airshows and magic, camping and multiple stages with all the fixin’s! I never had a notion that over 20 years later, that crazy vision would remain a reality today.

After 7 years of learning the festival ropes, throwing in a few thousand hours and spending a ton of Kermit’s money, we did finally get a good crowd, but Kermit said “uncle,” and decided to move on to other ventures. He gave me his blessings, I moved the festival to a beautiful campground and kept the fest alive. We remain good pals today.

People…the Fans. The root of a successful fest, were established during those 7 years and they followed the show like chicks behind a hen to its new home, the Sertoma Ranch. The kids of those early fans are now in their 20’s or 30’s, have their own kids, and come to the Riverhawk and Stringbreak Festivals in tribes! Now Grand pa’s & ma’s watch their kids watch their kids and put these shows on their calendars as if it were any other holiday.

How cool is that!?!

My family has felt the pains, strains, and gains of it all. Garrett, Ryon, and Deb have always been there to support my endeavor. The endeavor to bring the greatest music to the ears of the eclectic. To put people in front of a stage to hear music that they never knew they loved, and to see families together in an environment that is wholesome and clean.

And we go into the future…Another Fest is always on the computer, bands are always on the hook, and new fans are always invited by our loyal and endearing fans from years past. I hope you will come join us!

See you at the show!

Mitch Lind

Founder, Flounder, Cook… Bottlewasher… Injected with the fest serum and can’t get off of it. Wakes up nights planning his escape, knowing they are about to take him way. Dreams of the day his job will be to just hold the stop/slow sign for a traffic construction crew… stop…..spin….slow…..spin….stop….spin….slow…..spin….

Deborah Lind

Fest Queen and hospitality Goddess….if your eatin’ backstage… she’s the boss! Should have run off with a salesman years ago but had fledgling thoughts that one day all this festival money was going to come in. Now lives behind Arby’s in a camper van.  Makes awesome Spanish Bean soup !

Garrett Lind

Boots on the Ground and money man. This guy is the muscle that puts the pieces together on the books, and at the fest. Ponders late at night how his dad ever got him to do this crap. Maintains a second job to pay the bills and could make more money selling donut holes at the beach. Was injected with the fest serum at an early age and can’t get off of it.

Ryon Lind

Our family artist!  Ryon puts all the jazz on the fest t-shirts… his work is visible on the back of so many folks! Ryon is also “boots on the ground” and has grown up watching these shows go together, and wondering…”there’s gotta be a better way!”  Tells his dad that “all we need now is a monkey, couple of zoo animals and a fat lady to sing and we’ll be a complete circus.”

Loren Lind

Our Raffle aficionado…Loren puts our fest raffle together…, shops and finds all kinds of good stuff for the raffle and helps with all the needs of keeping Garrett from flippin’ out during fest week! ….She met Garrett at our fest and married him!!  Recently has taken the serum but has not totally succumbed to its power.  During festival time she keeps her distance from the insanity and prays that it’ll be a good show, no rain, and we can become normal homo sapiens once again. Baby due Festival Week…