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One-day bluegrass festival coming to Dry Valley Sept. 3

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bluegrass music will be back at the RV park in Dry Valley on Saturday. A major concert featuring 10 bands will be held on the grounds of the old Dry Valley bluegrass festival.

This will be the first effort to hold a concert of this magnitude by the current organizers. Kenneth Brown and his wife, Gaylene, purchased the RV park two years ago and have been approached numerous times about hosting a bluegrass show by fans of the festivals run by the late Lonnie Dunn.

Brown's sister, Susan Rapp, plays bass in the bluegrass band Old Wide Road. According to their father, Norval Brown, the Brown family is gathering to host the big concert featuring many well known bluegrass performers.

On the schedule are the Raleys, Brightwater Junction from Cassville, Kentucky 31 from Stockton, Timberline Rippling Creek, the Flying Buzzards, the Craft family, Wires and Wood, and Old Wire Road. A "surprise" band reuniting many of the players in Lonnie Dunn's band will perform as well.

The gates will open at 9:30 a.m. An open mike will be available for unscheduled performers from 10 to 11 a.m. The bands will begin performing at 11 a.m. and play into the evening. Many of the bands will bring their own recordings for sale.

There will be a $5 admission fee. Children will be admitted free. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs.

The historic Dry Valley School building will be open for the day.

Concessions and refreshments will be available for sale.

The Dry Valley RV park is located north off Highway 37 to the north end of Highway VV, west of Pierce City, then west, following the signs.

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