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39th Annual National Old Time Country Bluegrass and Old-Time Folk Music Festival, Contest and Pionee
21 Dec 2013
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The 39th Annual National Old Time Country Bluegrass and Old-Time Folk Music Festival, Contest and Pioneer Expo of Arts & Crafts and Rural Lifestyle takes place Aug 25-31, 2014 from 11am to 11pm (Mon-Tue-Wed-Thur) and 9am-midnight (Fri-Sat-Sun) on ten stages. Over 650 performers. Great food on grounds.

This amazing festival has been in existence since 1976.  The first location was in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  After six years there, the fairboard demanded that they set up a beer tent.  Bob Everhart refused to allow that to happen, so they kicked the festival out.  They ran a counter-competitive one for two years.  Bob Everhart moved the festival to the Pottwattamie County Fairgrounds, where it was located for 21 years.  After a complete change in the fairboard and hugely exorbitant increases in rent and fees, it was moved to the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Missouri Valley, Iowa.  It was there for five years, but a dispute between the city and the fair caused the event to move again, this time to its current location at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.

Celebrities scheduled for 2014:

LuLu Roman from Hee Haw, John Carter Cash (only child of Johnny & June Carter Cash), Kenny Seratt (Montana-Texas rancher, big hit in Europe returns), David Davis & The Warrior River Boys from Alabama, Terry Smith (Far Side Banks of Jordan), Buck Helton (The cowboy with the big hat, great western music), Hugh Moffatt (Nashville folk artist), Betty Rydell (Minnesota's favorite country singer), Matt Boone (Tennessee classic country returns with a hit record), Larry Long (Smithsonian creator of Elder's Wisdom & Childrens songs), Greta Elkin (Queen of Country Music in Ireland returns), Brian Conway (the East Coast's favorite Irish fiddler), Dr. Stuart Frank (Curator of New Bedford Whaling Museum, sings sea chanties, Karen Mueller (America's foremost Auto-harpist from Minnesota)Laura Lind (Terrific Autoharp performer from California), Dennis Cash (High power player from North Carolina), Lee Carr (Texas's best known Auto-harpist), Dorothy Techau (One of Iowa's down-home players), Shirley McCord (Keyboards and Autoharp from Iowa), Liz Austin (Gospel music on the Autoharp from Texas), THE BOSTON SHOW (Hosted by Connie House from Boston), LAP DULCIMER GATHERING, and the OLD-TIME FIDDLER'S CONVENTION (all welcome).

This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

Dance Performance Song Culture Folklore Heritage Rural Rural - International Rural-Urban Traditional YORA Festival/Celebration Folklife Midwest Musician Music
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