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Mossy Oak tunes up for bluegrass festival
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International Bluegrass Music Association’s four-time recipient of its prestigious Vocal Group of the Year Award, IIIrd Tyme Out, is one of eight bands headlining Guyton’s 26th upcoming bluegrass festival. - photo by Photo provided
If it’s acoustic music the bluegrass and gospel style that you like, then you’ll want to be in Guyton from May 26-31 for the big 26th Bluegrass Festival at Mossy Oak Music Park.

“We’re expecting and preparing for our largest crowd ever,” said Rebecca Rose, who along with her husband Russell and father Allen Lanier host the festivals on their family farm two miles out of historic Guyton.

The park encompasses 34 acres and provides camp sites for more than 500 motor homes, trailers and tents. It has been voted one of the best outdoor music venues in the Southeast by those who frequent the bluegrass festival circuit.

“This May’s lineup of entertainers reads like a ‘who’s who’ among touring bluegrass bands. They come from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and West Virginia,” Lanier said.

On the program are IIIrd Tyme Out, The Lewis Tradition, The Larkins, The Suggins Brothers, Larry Gillis Band, Constant Change, Skip Grounds, and hosting is The Lonesome Whistle Band. Members of each of the military branches and the American Legion will present special Memorial Day honors presentations on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

The park has a theater/pavilion that seats more than 700, a large, lighted parking area, on-site flea market, full kitchen, playground, museum, bath house, vendors, dump stations and a number of other amenities.

“Everything our great staff does here is focused on making guests both welcomed and well entertained,” Rebecca Rose said. “If it’s traditional bluegrass and gospel music in an alcohol-free environment they like then we have the place for them. Bring along a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy.”

The program begins with a covered dish supper Wednesday at 6 p.m. Music starts at noon each day to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It concludes with a special gospel and worship service on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
Daily tickets are $20 or $35 for the full five days; half price for children 12-15; and those under 12 are free. Camping with hookups is $15/$20 per night. For additional information call 772-5142 or 772-3467 or visit the Park on the web at