It has always been my understanding that the Blue Lodge was the beginning of the York Rite.
Is the festival you attended like the one-day conferrals I hear about? Are the one-day conferrals the common manner of rising through the York Rite? I'm wondering if there is still a tradition of doing the degrees one at a time, like the Blue Lodge. I'm guessing that due to the sheer amount of time it would take, that the one-day deals have gained enormous popularity.
Freemason's Lodge #66
Behold! How swiftly the sands run, and how rapidly our lives are drawing to a close.