Treasure Fest: Sept 30 @ Treasure Lake, Petersburg, Kentucky


Learn, swing, dance, eat local, jam, camp the fall into season

Date: September 30th, 2017

Location: Treasure Lake, Petersburg, Kentucky

Ticket Sales at :

Price: $25 online includes the music, walk, fishing, and camping; food is sold separately or brought personally

$30 at the door

Festival Description:

This fall Festival will be a chance to experience Treasure Lake and its intimate festival grounds, large fishing lake, and extensive, well managed forest and farm.  This will be our third Treasure Fest as it returns with an expanded and dynamic lineup of musicians and continues with its education theme through a forest ecology walk from property steward, Doug Crouch.  The music will be diverse, from near and far, and will be a mix of mainly bluegrass and pickin’ music but also reggae late night in the bar. Our main stage is located in a valley with a homemade stage creating a natural amphitheater with great acoustics.  it allows for stadium seating viewing or dancing the night away stage-side.  You can enjoy the music, eat great food, go fishing, camp out, learn a bit along the way and meet new people for lasting connections.

Music will start around 3:30 PM and continue all day and night until around 1AM. On the main stage we’ll have several bands playing folk, bluegrass, and country to keep your feet tapping throughout the afternoon and evening. For our late night set in the bar, we have a local reggae band to shake your bones and move your soul to.  The good times don’t have to stop there so plan to camp out with us and hang out around the community bonfires where you’re sure to make new friends. Remember that all campsites are primitive so bring what you feel is necessary for a comfortable evening. The gates open at noon and the permaculture/ ecology walk will be from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  During dinner we will have a Kalimba set to provide a nice dining festive atmosphere to celebrate the food that nourishes us.

+++No outside alcohol is permitted in the music venue, literally its the law as we have a bar on-site. Please plan on purchasing your beer from Treasure Lake. We have a large selection of domestic beers and many craft beers from local breweries to choose from and all are reasonably priced. Cash only besides at the door. +++

Music Lineup:

The lineup of musicians we present of this festival will be local and beyond giving a blend of folk, bluegrass, and contemporary jams. The music was selected to give crowd favorites and give the stage to up and coming local bands in a festive blend with our two stages.

Full music lineup click here.

Headliner- The Pickin’ Pear (with members of Canyon Collected, Tia Martini and Leon Elam, and special guests)

The Pickin’ Pear -with members of Canyon Collected (Tia Martini and Leon Elam) and special guests to create a folk ‘n’ roll duo.  They combine their non-traditional stylings to their traditional instruments and create an original mix of modern American music. Together the Pickin’ Pear take the banjo and ukulele down the road of folk, rock, and bluegrass.  Sometimes the ukulele will even launch you straight to outer space.  A blend of top-notch songwriting and improvisational jamming makes each one of their songs sound unique.    In August & September 2017, Pickin’ Pear will play almost 50 shows in CO, OR, MT, AR, IL, IN, OH, KY, and TN. Together, they want to live a life of music forever.

Downtown County Band- (members of) Americana or Alt-Country, or Punk-Rock-Blues, played through a traditional bluegrass instrument arrangement- a genre that has yet to be tagged.

Pat Hu- unique picking style and sinister vocals.

Working Class Villains-If you like beer joints, corn liquor, the Highwaymen, California country and hot licks, then you’ll love Working Class Villain. All purpose music.

Positive Reaction– A local Cincinnati Reggae band that covers classics and radiates their true message through their originals.

Permaculture/ Ecology Walk

Doug Crouch, International Permaculture Practitioner and local ecologist, will walk through the camping area of the land detailing his work over the years managing the forest holistically.  It has been a 16 year period and his love for native species like Paw Paw and Spicebush is sure to come through.  See the amazing diversity of trees that grow naturally here in Northern Kentucky and learn about some of their uses for humans and role within the ecosystem.



Treasure Lake is a local, family run small business operating for 34 years now focused on recreation in nature, from hiking Slide035to birding, boating to fishing. It’s a wonderfully scenic place hidden in the hills of the Northwestern Corner of Northern Kentucky and Boone County. The native food forest and festival venue, is located in flat fields and forested ridges and valleys. The place has a truly wild feel with its proximity to the Ohio River and combination of ecosystems (lake, forest, fields).  We have been hard at work developing the 40 acre forest for bio-diversity and wild food abundance. With our thickets of spicebush and paw paw in the understory and towering hickories and oaks in the oversotry, the wildlife love it here and we are sure you will too. Camping is on one of our flat ridges that perch above the 15 acre pay fishing lake. They jut out towards the lake and afford great views and easy access.  Spillover camping and for families will be closer to the buildings in the flat cleared areas. On the property is now also Darkwood Farm, a 1 acre market garden run by Annie Woods and Chris Pyper.


With fall comes an abundance of food locally to combine into fabulous dishes to celebrate the season change and all the hard work nature and farmers put in to grow it.  Local farmer Ryan Doan of Urban Greens will be combining his produce also with the produce of the farm on site Darkwood Farm to create a local foods dinner available at a price of $10. There will be a meat or vegetarian option/

  • Meat: beef/sausage meatballs in marinara, pulled pork and pulled beef. Serve all on open faced bread.
  • Vegetarian: roasted veggies and salad.

Things to bring:

  • Chair or blanket (to sit on)
  • Sunshade (if you want it)
  • camping gear (if staying)
  • Cash (credit cards only accepted at the gate for day of ticket purchases)
  • and most importantly, good vibes!


How to get There


Crouch’s Treasure Lake

2590 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road

Petersburg, KY 41080

The lake can be accessed from the I-275 loop that encircles the tri-state area of Cincinnati, OH.  From I-275 take the Petersburg exit.  If you are coming through Indiana it will be the first exit after the bridge or in Kentucky it will be the last exit in KY, two past the airport.  Go West, take a right from either direction, off the exit onto KY 8 which turns into KY 20 1/2 mile down the road.  Follow that for 4 miles in total.  Turn right on Lawrenceburg Ferry Road after you go through a couple of tight S-curves and flatten out to the bottom. Then follow that for about 1 mile past houses and cornfields on the left and drive through the forested section.  You will see a driveway forking to the right after a small bridge and the sign for Treasure Lake.  Go right up the hill and the tavern will be on your left while the private residence will be the small cabin straight ahead.








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