mountain sound is theme
of this years annual event in Carrollton
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (July 2006) Circle of Friends,
Tommy Brown & Country Line, the Moron Brothers, Bluegrass Journeyman,
Sweet Sounds and Deb & Amy are just a few of the bluegrass bands
making up the lineup for this years Back to the Past for
the Future Bluegrass Bash in Carrollton.
to the past for the future
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15, at Carroll-tons Point Park.
Tickets at the gate - Friday only: $8 adults; $6 seniors.
Saturday only: $12 adults; $10 seniors. 2-Day Pass: $18 adults;
$15 seniors. Children 14 and under free.
Advance Tickets: $14 adults; $11 seniors and available
at the tourism office, 515 Highland Ave., Carrollton. Primitive
camping available on site.
Whether your tastes are traditional bluegrass, the old
time mountain sound or dulcimer-tinged melodies, all styles of bluegrass
will combine for two days of good music. These groups and others will
be performing at Point Park on July 14-15 at the fifth annual Bluegrass
Bash. Performances are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, and
11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday. Food and arts and crafts vendors will
be on hand.
This bluegrass festival, hosted by the Carroll County Bluegrass Association,
usually brings overnight guests to Carrollton. For those already
there, it is something else to do. For residents, its an extra,
said Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Commission Executive Director
Sarah Oak. Were always open for growth.
Although the festival is not growing as fast as had been hoped, it is
growing a little each year, said organizer Chuck Webster. The original
goal was to provide instruments and music lessons to children who could
not afford them.
Corporate donations and $4,000 in funding from the Carrollton-Carroll
County Tourism Commission have made it possible for the festival to
continue. We couldnt do it without that support, said
are among the
bands to perform at
Carrolltons Point Park.
The association wants to hand down bluegrass music
to the next generation, Webster said. It is their goal that the
tradition be continued by exposing younger children to something Gary
Strong labeled American music.
Bluegrass is part of our heritage, said Strong, who will
perform with his band Hardtimes. Only bluegrass and jazz music are original
to America, Strong said.
He became involved with the bluegrass festival in its second year. The
first year was rough for them, said Strong. The fact that it rained
and that no one organizing it was in the business gave it an unsuccessful
Strong, who lives in Grant County, Ky., made some suggestions because
I know a lot of people in the business. As a result of his
involvement, Strong is now on the associations board.
Bluegrass fans travel from festival to festival on the weekends, said
Webster. To take this festival to the next level, it would require
RV hookups at Point Park, he said of the city-owned park. It
hurts us a lot to not have these. The more established festivals have
All RV hookups at Gen. Butler State Resort Park were replaced, even
though the old ones were in good condition, said Webster. Clay Cable,
maintenance supervisor at the park and association member, offered to
donate the old RV hookups to the city, if the city would install them.
General Butler overfills every weekend, said Webster. Point
Park would be another RV spot for the large number of tourists who come
to town for such festivals as the Bass Tournament, and Webster sees
the hookups as an asset to the community.
Strong also does not see enough support from the local community. If
the local people got behind it, it would do really good, he said
of this family-oriented festival.
For more information, contact Webster at (502)
732-4331 or (502) 532-6692, Deborah Allen at (502) 732-5861 or (502)
525-1137, Clay Cable at (502) 732-8742 or Strong at (859) 992-5775.
For tickets or lodging, call the tourism office at 1-800-325-4290.
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