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Mossy Oak is painted pink for bluegrass festival
Music park teams with YMCA to fight breast cancer at annual event
Mossy Oak Music Park has room for more than 700 spectators under its pavilion, and the 34-acre park also has room for more than 500 motor homes, trailers and tents. - photo by Photo provided

The folks at Mossy Oak Music Park in Guyton are partnering with the Effingham YMCA Breast Cancer Awareness Team in efforts to promote breast cancer awareness.

The public is invited to join the Effingham YMCA at the second annual “Paint the Park Pink” at Mossy Oak. The event will include breast cancer education, a corn hole tournament, several other games, line dancing, the “Pink Heals” fire truck, numerous booths provided by local businesses, and much, much more.

The fun will last from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday morning, with the special survivor “Walk of Hope” beginning at 11:50 a.m. Specially-designed T-shirts will be available to commemorate the event.

If you appreciate great acoustic music played in the best traditional bluegrass and gospel style, then you’ll certainly want to be in Guyton through Oct. 20 for the 37th Bluegrass Festival now under way at the award-winning 34-acre Mossy Oak Music Park.

“We set attendance records in April and May, and we are again expecting and preparing for what looks as if it will be another large crowd,” according to Allen Lanier, whose family, along with the Rose family, owns and operates the park.

Russell Rose, guitarist and husband of the late Rebecca Lanier-Rose, Allen and Doug Lanier and family, have hosted the festivals on their family farm two miles out of Guyton since 2002.

The October festival is dedicated to Rebecca Lanier-Rose, who passed away in August, and whose dream and untiring energy caused the park to be built.

The park encompasses 34 acres and provides camp sites for more than 525 motor homes, trailers, and tents. Music fans who frequent the bluegrass festival circuit voted Mossy Oak Music Park one of the “best outdoor music venues in the Southeast.”

“Our October entertainment lineup includes some of the very best touring bluegrass bands,” said Lanier. “Bands are coming from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and North Carolina to entertain us.

“Headlining the October festival are award-winning groups such as Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long, the Bluegrass Brothers, Blast of Grass, Goldwing Express, Constant Change, the Suggins Brothers, the Jimmy Wolling Band, Sometimes Later Band, the Joyful Noise Trio, and others,” Lanier added.

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 ceremony.

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 welcome.

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

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

Daily tickets are $20 and are half price for children 12-15; and those under 12 are free. Camping with hookups are $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