Festival of the Bluegrass at the Ky Horse Park
Bluegrass music fans, artists, and campers will converge on the Kentucky Horse Park Campground June 9-12 for the 43rd Annual Festival of the Bluegrass.
Music kicks off on Thursday, June 9, with the graduates of the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Camp, a kids camp that begins at the site Tuesday, June 7, and will be followed by local bands The Wooks and Blue Belles, and crowd favorite Lonesome River Band. Music starts at 1pm Friday and Saturday, and runs to the early morning hours. The weekend concludes with at 10am gospel show hosted by Dry Branch Fire Squad front man, Ron Thomason, on Sunday.
This year’s event will feature Festival anchors Seldom Scene, and IIIrd Tyme Out, as well as 23 String Band, who are reuniting for a limited summer tour, and Town Mountain, one of the hottest new Bluegrass Bands on the scene. New to 2016 will be a Saturday After-Party featuring Restless Leg String Band, The Wooks, and friends.
“We want people to come on out and plan on staying late,” said Roy Cornett, co-producer of the Festival of the Bluegrass, along with wife, AnnaMarie. “The great music on stage is only part of the attraction, picking and singing around the campfires make this event much more than a concert.”
Throughout the weekend, attendees can interact with the artists, and take advantage of the Kentucky Horse Park Campground facilities, including swimming pool, tennis courts, play grounds, and enjoy a discounted admission to the Horse Park museum. Vendors will also be on site selling memorabilia, clothing, instruments, food and soft drinks. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages, and coolers are welcome in the concert area during the day. Kids activities will be held throughout the 4-day event.
The Cornett family invites you to come out, bring a chair, and soak in the spirit of Kentucky. Tickets for the event start at $10 and range from single day admission to full weekend primitive camping privileges.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF THE BLUEGRASS:
The Festival of the Bluegrass, the oldest bluegrass festival in the state of Kentucky, was founded in 1974 by Bob and Jean Cornett. The first year was held at Walnut Hall Farm, the location of what is now the Kentucky Horse Park. From 1975-1999, the Festival was held at Masterson Station Park and for 14 years, bluegrass fans and musicians gathered to hear legends like Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Ricky Scaggs, Bela Fleck, and a teenage Alison Krause.
In 1990, the Festival of the Bluegrass went home to the Kentucky Horse Park campground and they added a new feature to the Festival experience: The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Camp. This bluegrass music camp is held the week of the Festival, Tuesday - Thursday, and welcomes kids ages for 6-18 and from beginner to advanced ability.
The Festival is now run by grandson Roy Miller Cornett and his wife, AnnaMarie. They, along with an experienced and essential volunteer crew, are keeping Bluegrass Music alive and well in the heart of the Bluegrass state.
For more information call 859-253-0806 or visit festivalofthebluegrass.com