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NIBA Members! 

The NIBA Festival was a huge success. I think everyone had a great time, I know I did! The groundskeeper said he counted 200 people! Thank you all for your generous donations. It covered most of the cost of the festival! 

A new group joined us, Ransom Creek. Not only were they amazing, but their families all camped there as well! So we had some excellent jams in the evenings. Some of their children even jammed with us.

Thank you so much to Lorraine Ashby, Chris Walz and Keith Baumann for conducting the workshops!

I would also like to thank my lovely bride Joyce, Jeff and Liz Wagner and Ken and Sharon DeWitt for their assistance. 

We only had three NIBA members jam with us at the Sycamore Steam show. They had the big fans going and I brought one as well. Please plan to attend next year’s show; they really appreciate it when we do.

The NIBA Picnic was also a great success, lots of great jamming and fellowship. It is so nice to see everyone again!

I am updating the NIBA jam listings as soon I get updates. Please let me know if you know of any jams that are starting so I can spread the word. Send a message to Be sure to check with the contact before going to a jam as schedules change with conditions.

Kim Kraemer 
President, Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association


NIBA Board


· President:           Kim Kraemer    (815-383-9329)


· Vice President:   Ted Seed         (815-246-6333)


·  Treasurer:            James Kardelis (708-633-9854)


· Secretary:           Margaret Seed  (815-246-6333)



Board Members

Joyce Kraemer         630 852-8088

William Seed            815-252-4673

Mellisa Nickel           815-228-9856

Joe Michelotti           630-290-1675





Please make all submissions for this newsletter by the 15th of each month to Send all printed copy and photos to:  NIBA, PO Box 495, Ottawa, IL 61350. This newsletter is copyrighted by the NIBA. 


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