Bluegrass Invades Country

In case you missed it, the City of Farmers Branch and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation recently sponsored a fantastic bluegrass festival right in the heart of country music territory. The festival will be repeated every October. And it is FREE.

The “Bloomin Bluegrass” festival was coupled with a chili cookoff competition that also benefited your favority charity. For $10, you could eat as much chili as your stomach allowed, including a drink, and vote for your favorite. Later in the day, the chili cups were sold for $3 to benefit charity.

To cool off after the spicy chili, there were ample adult beverages and soft drinks available. An abundant number of trash containers scattered around the festival and Farmers Branch workers kept the grounds exceptionally clean.

Several sites around the festival were set up for “jamming.” Locals brought their instruments for pick-up bluegrass sessions. So wherever you wandered, music filled the air.

Professional acts included famous mandolin player and singer Ricky Skaggs as well as bluegrass guitarist of the year and singer Molly Tuttle. Other famous acts included the legendary Del McCoury Band and dobro ace player Jerry Douglas. Musicians came from North Carolina, Virginia, and the hills of Appalachia.

Sponsor Bluegrass Heritage Foundation does good work with the proceeds of its raffle and souvenir sales. The Foundation provides fiddles (violins) to children who could not otherwise afford an instrument to learn to play bluegrass. It’s how the Foundation promotes this uniquely American music genre.

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