Workshops at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival are meant to be "hands-on" workshops (H.O.W.). In other words, they are for people to bring their instrument, get it out, and actually learn something they didn't know before. That is not going to happen with just one instructor and a large crowd of people, so we limit each of these workshops to seven pre-registered pickers, and that is why there are only eight chairs at each workshop tent.
To sort out who gets to sit in one of those chairs, attendees must reserve a spot by signing up ahead of time at the workshop tent. Sign-up sheets for the day will be posted at the workshop tent at 10:00 AM each day. Advanced level workshops (tent A) are intended for players with several years experience and beginning level workshops (tent B) are intended for those just starting out.
If you are not lucky enough to be one of the seven, or you don't have an instrument, you are welcome to "audit" the workshop by standing and observing from the back.
The 2018 schedule is TBA.