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36th bluegrass, gospel festival under way at Mossy Oak
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Marie Hall plays during the open stage portion at Mossy Oak Music Park. - photo by Photo provided

The 36th Bluegrass and Gospel Music Festival runs through Sunday morning at Mossy Oak Music Park outside of Guyton.

“In April we set another attendance record and we are expecting and preparing for what looks like will be another great crowd,” said Rebecca Rose, who with her husband, Russell, and her father, Allen Lanier, brother Doug Lanier and their family, have hosted the festivals on their family farm two miles out of historic Guyton since 2002.

“Our great lineup of entertainers for May includes some of the best touring bluegrass bands,” Rose said. “They’re coming to entertain us from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.”

The lineup includes Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, The Jimmy Wolling Band, Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys, the Golden Valley Crusaders, Sometimes Later, and the hosting Lonesome Whistle Band.

Members of each of the military branches will be recognized and special guest retired U.S. Marine Neal Corbin of Rincon will present the colors during the special ceremony that is a part of each Memorial Day celebration.

“Everything our courteous staff does here is directed at making our guests feel welcome and well-entertained,” said Allen Lanier. “If it’s that traditional bluegrass and southern gospel music sound in an alcohol-free environment that folks like, then we have the place for them. Just bring along a lawn chair, then sit back, relax and enjoy.”

Music starts at 12 noon each day and runs to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It concludes with special gospel music and worship service on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., led by Effingham Pastor Brad Proudfoot.

The park has a covered theater/pavilion that seats more than 700, a large lighted handicap accessible parking area, an on-site daily flea market, a full kitchen, playground, museum, bath house, vendors, dump stations, and a number of other amenities. Pets and golf carts are also welcome.

Daily tickets are $20. Tickets are half-price for children 12-15 and those under 12 are free.

Camping with hookups is $15/$20 per night. Tent camping is $5 per night.

For camping reservations and additional information call 772-5142 or 772-3467 or visit the park on the Web at