Art, music part of two festivals this weekend in county

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Bluegrass 101, Shepherd's Fest

By The Staff

CLERMONT - One event has been a regular attraction for the past five years and another is making its first appearance this weekend.

But for lovers of music and art, there is a little of something for both just a few miles from one another in Bullitt County.

Bluegrass 101 Festival

It continues to get better and better each year.

The sixth annual Bluegrass 101 Bluegrass Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds.

Organizer Pamela Waldridge said she hopes the downturn in the economy will not be a major factor as some of the top bluegrass talent in the region is slated to appear.

When the festival first started, she said the fairgrounds offered a perfect location - right off Interstate 65 at the Highway 245 exit.

The large pavilion provides a place to play music - rain or shine - and there is plenty of free parking.

The music begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and at Noon on Saturday. The final tunes will wind down at 10 p.m. each night.

The host Bluegrass 101 will perform both days, as well as Men of the Week.

Other groups performing include Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, Kings Highway, Gene Thompson and Crossroads, Whistlen Rufus and Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass.

No coolers or alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Waldridge recommended bringing a chair, although there will be bleachers.

Tickets are $10 for Friday, $15 for Saturday or $20 for both days. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.

There is some primitive camping for $10.

“It’s good, clean family fun,” said Waldridge. “We’re hoping for another big turnout.”

For more information, contact Waldridge at 502-507-5449.

Christian Art and Music

Sherry Hurt believes the Shepherd’s Fest Christian Art and Music Festival could become a smaller version of the St. James Art Fair with some additional attractions.

Knowing the number of talented Christian artists in the area, Hurt said five years of planning and hoping will finally culminate in the first annual event on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

For lovers of artwork, there will be an indoor art gallery at the church will all types of mediums.

For lovers of music, there will be an outside stage set up for as many as 20 artists to perform the entire day. Hurt said there would be all types of Christian music.

“There will be a little bit of everything,” said Hurt.

There will also be various vendor booths set up outside with many crafts items for sale.

There will be a custom car and cycle show with a $20 entry fee. But the entry fee comes with a free BBQ dinner.

Kids will have a play area to keep them occupied.

And there will be plenty of food for sale.

To view the artwork and listen to the music, Hurt said it wouldn’t cost spectators a dime.

All proceeds will benefit various mission works throughout the world, according to Hurt.

The goal is to make the event an annual festival and to quickly outgrow the 30 acres of Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

Everyone is invited to attend. The church is located four miles east of Interstate 65 on Cedar Grove Road. For more information, call 543-4101.