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Record crowd expected for festival
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Goldwing Express is among the bands performing at the Bluegrass Festival at Mossy Oak Music Park. The group, out of Branson, Mo., is one of the top touring bands on the bluegrass circuit and consists of three Native American young men and their “paleface” father. This award-winning group will play both an afternoon and evening show on Thursday. - photo by Photo provided

According to Russell and Rebecca Rose, who along with their father, Allen Lanier, own and operate the 34-acre Mossy Oak Music Park in Guyton, the upcoming May bluegrass festival is expected to draw a record crowd.

“Early reservations and the great number of inquiries and interest tells us to prepare for a large turnout for the May festival,” Rebecca Rose said.

“We have an outstanding lineup of entertainers featuring seven bands over the five days and we welcome all who enjoy traditional bluegrass and gospel music to come visit us,” she added.

The festival runs from May 20-24 and features such bands as Goldwing Express, from Branson, Mo., the Larry Gillis Band, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Constant Change, Evan and Alex and Hard Driving Bluegrass, the Lonesome Whistle Band, and others.

“Our park has space for more than 500 level and grassed camping sites, a large auto parking area, a covered pavilion that seats more than 700, a full kitchen, playground, museum, flea market, bath house, dump stations, vendors and many other amenities,” Lanier said. “We invite tent campers and golf carts are welcome, too.

“It’s all intended to make those who visit both welcome and comfortable as they enjoy themselves, the traditional music, and the entertainers,” he said.

The festival begins Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. with a covered dish supper and then from 7-10 p.m. is “open stage.” Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows all begin at noon and run until 10 p.m.

Tickets for the festival are $20 daily for Thursday, Friday and Saturday or $35 for the full Wednesday through Sunday five-day event. Children ages 12-15 are half price and there is no charge for those 12 and under. For camping reservations or additional information call 772-5142 or 772-3467.

You can also take a virtual tour of the park online by visiting