The 41st bluegrass and gospel music festival at Mossy Oak Music Park gets under way in Guyton on April 15 at 6 p.m. with a big covered-dish supper.
The annual Daughters of Bluegrass Festival entertains all with the acoustic sound of banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins, dobros, the big upright bass and vocal harmonies. This year’s festival is dedicated in memory of the late Dixie Hall, who along with her husband Tom T. Hall, were one of the country’s great Hall of Fame music duos.
Among the award-winning groups performing at this year’s special five-day event are Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Frances Mooney and Fontanna Sunset, Florida State Bluegrass Band, Skip Grounds and Rambling Grass, Rebekah Long Band, Jimmy Wolling Band, Trinity River Band, and the Sometimes Later Band.
Also making guest appearances are Megan McKamey, Mindy Rakestraw, and Sarah Harris. An added special appearance at this year’s big festival is gospel music’s multi-Dove Award-winning group, The Nelons.
A special open stage for local area talents, those who play or sing for the pure pleasure of the music, has been set aside at 7 p.m. on April 15.
Full five-day festival tickets are $50; daily tickets for Thursday and Friday are $20 (2-10 p.m.) and Saturday is $25 (1-10 p.m.). Young people 12-15 are half price; and, under 12 free. Camper sites are $15 and $20 a night and tent camping is $5.
The indoor theater at the pavilion seats more than 700. There are more than 500 camp sites and ample free daily parking at the alcohol-free, handicap accessible, family-oriented event. Remember to bring lawn chairs.
For camping reservations, tickets and additional information, call Mossy Oak Music Park at 772-5142 or 772-3467. You can visit the 34-acre award-winning park online at www.mossyoakmusicpark.com.