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Guyton park hosts bluegrass, gospel festival this weekend
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Mossy Oak Music Park, considered by many to be “one of the best acoustic music venues” in the Southeast, will be the site of another great bluegrass and gospel music show May 21-25.

The beautiful 34-acre park at Guyton, owned and managed by the Rose and Lanier families, begins its sixth year of operations with another outstanding lineup of some of the best bands in bluegrass and gospel music.

“We’ve planned a great 5-day festival with some outstanding talent to celebrate our sixth year of successful operations,” said Rebecca Rose, a bass player. “We’re receiving camping reservations and other inquiries in large numbers for what appears will be a record crowd.”

Headlining the festival’s program is Junior Sisk, The Ramblers Choice Band, The Larry Gillis Band, The Larkins, the Hazel Holler Band, the Carolina Sonshine Band, The Suggins Brothers, The Lonesome Whistle Band, who hosts the big festival, and a number of other groups, as well.

If you’ve previously visited Mossy Oak Music Park then you know of its large, well-lit 700-seat pavilion and its seating space for another 800 surrounding the huge stage and pavilion. If you have a camping trailer or motor home then you probably know there are more than 500 campsites with hookups and two convenient dump stations to accommodate you.

The park also has a full kitchen, snack shack, playground, 1,000 square foot meeting house and museum, bath house, vendors, bathrooms at the pavilion, handicap parking and transportation, a bargain barn/indoor flea market, and many other amenities to make your visit a pleasurable one. Golf carts and bicycle are welcome, too.

Camping hookups (electricity and water) are $15-$20 per night; tent camping is only $5 per night.

“If traditional bluegrass and inspiring gospel music is your kind of entertainment, then the live shows on our big stage will certainly please you,” Allen Lanier said.

“Thursday from 2-10 p.m. will be our special all gospel music day with each of the bands performing their best gospel music sets. And, we’ve invited a special musical guest, Ron Wilson from Augusta, just for the evening to perform at 6 p.m. who will surely delight everyone,” Rose said.

According to the schedule, Friday and Saturday’s shows begin at noon and go until 10 p.m. On Sunday a special worship program featuring gospel music is planned for 8:30 a.m.

Full 5-day festival tickets are $35 for adults; $17.50 for children ages 12-15; and, free for those under 12 years old. Daily tickets are also available. No drugs, alcohol, or pets are allowed in the concert area.

For additional information and to reserve a campsite for all or part of the festival, call Rebecca Rose at 772-5142 or Allen Lanier at 772-3467 or visit them on the Web at

You can tour the park and will find a map, reservation form, pay coupon for camping, tickets, and much more information on the Web page.

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs.