Nine bands rocked the inaugural Acoustic Animal Jam over the weekend, but the music didn't stop once they got off the stage.
"You see a bunch of people go to their campsites and pick until 2 a.m.," said Cheri Hornsby, event organizer. She is also a member of the Cotton-Eyed Does and Little Girl and the Dreadful Snakes, two of the bands on the bill.
Volunteers from Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay collected money for the organization by selling T-shirts and organizing a raffle. The campgrounds on Berry Patch Road accommodated 25 campers carrying bluegrass and folk enthusiasts. Hornsby said next year's Acoustic Animal Jam will have room for even more vehicles.
"When you organize something like this, you always feel like it could be a little bit better," she said. "But it's been a lot of fun."
Hornsby came up with the idea for the jam late one night while talking with friends about band names and how many are named after animals.
"And voila — we had the birth of the Acoustic Animal Jam," Hornsby said last week.