2008-09-11 / Front Page

Park prepares for pickin' and grinnin' at festival

The Seventh Annual "Elijah Clark Bluegrass Festival" will be held Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21, at Elijah Clark State Park.

Featuring great bluegrass musicians from Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee, the jamboree is slated to run from 6 until 11:30 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., Saturday; and 12 noon until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Sunday's program will be comprised solely of bluegrass gospel music.

The impressive line-up of talent includes Newfire, a young gospel and bluegrass group from Greenville, South Carolina; Statement from Floyd, Virginia; Lamb Family Bluegrass; Southern Bluegrass; Etterlee Road Bluegrass and Gospel Band; Solid Ground; the Old Virginia Homestead Band; Abney Road; the Mountain Angels; the Palmetto Pickers; and the legendary J. Monroe Smith from Union, South Carolina.

In addition, there will be a "Banjo Pull" on Saturday and Sunday, conducted by Paul Hopkins, owner of W-LIJ Radio in Shelbyville, Tennessee. All of the banjo pickers in the park will be on stage at one time during the two events.

A large tent is being provided so the show can go on rain or shine. Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs.

Moreover, along with the great music, there will also be concessions available on the premises.

There is no admission charge for the jamboree; however, visitors to the park are reminded that all Georgia state parks charge an entrance fee of $3 per vehicle.

For more information about the festival, contact Elijah Clark State Park at 706-359-3458.

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