The Cornett Family will hold its 40th annual Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park June 6-9. This four-day music festival is delighted to welcome The Masters of Bluegrass, featuring Del McCoury, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Osborne, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury who take the stage Saturday. The music begins Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. and concludes June 9 with a Sunday morning gospel show.
Bob and Jean Cornett of Georgetown started this "family reunion" in 1974, which with the help of family and friends, has welcomed thousands of music fans every year since. The first Festival of the Bluegrass was held at its current location, then known as Walnut Hall Farm, and relocated to Masterson Station Park for a number of years during the construction of what we now know as the Kentucky Horse Park. It returned to its original home in the 1990s.
The Festival has stayed in the family and is now organized by grandson Roy Miller Cornett and his wife, AnnaMarie. They have expanded the tradition and are working to expand bluegrass music in Lexington with the Lexington Area Music Alliance and the week long Best of Bluegrass (BOB) celebration.
This year, the Festival of the Bluegrass is excited to welcome Dailey and Vincent, The Boxcars, Blue Highway, The Seldom Scene, IIIrd Tyme Out, 23 String Band, Town Mountain, Dale Ann Bradley and many more. Music on Friday and Saturday begins at 1 p.m. and runs until after midnight. In addition to the music on stage, accomplished musicians from Town Mountain and NewTown will lead workshops on Friday and Saturday.
Attendees of this family-friendly festival can come for the day or stay for the weekend. Ticket prices begin at $10 for Sunday, and $95 for the weekend. There is an additional $20 charge for camping. Kids under 12 are free. Additionally, the Four Points Sheraton on Newtown Pike is offering discounted rates to Festival attendees.
Everyone is invited to take advantage of the beauty of the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, including its playgrounds, swimming pool and discounted admission to the Horse Park.
For more information, visit www.festivalofthebluegrass.com or call 859-253-0806.