The cooler weather this past weekend didn’t cramp the fingers of those pickin’ at Auburn’s 27th annual Bluegrass Festival held Friday, May 13 and Saturday May 14 at the city’s park. Lots of great music, food, and fellowship warmed the hearts, even though the bodies were a bit chilled in the 60 degree temps.
The Logan County Bluegrass Festival has been a steadfast event for Auburn for years. Musicians come from far and wide to play music and catch up with old friends. The pickers can even be seen pickin’ up a tune or two together throughout the evening and morning hours of the weekend.
“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said Jaymes Dulworth. This was Dulworth’s third year organizing the event since its founder the late Otis Bilbrey passed on.
“We were a little concerned about the weather, but it all turned out okay. We may have had a little bigger crowd if it had been warmer, but we were still having a great time,” Dulworth said.
With the multitude of talents that attended the festival and the participants who came to hear them play, hunger was extinguished by the many vendors at the park this weekend.
“I think the vendors did pretty good this weekend,” said Dulworth. “There was a lot of good food there.”
Auburn’s Tourism Commission was active in promoting the festival. They said it was a success, and were very appreciative to Dulworth for all of his hard work.
On Saturday those who came out to brave the cold were able to hear the sweet sounds of Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys, a famed bluegrass band. There were five bands on Friday and seven on Saturday, said Dulworth. “A pretty good crowd for the weather,” he said.
Dulworth says he’d like to thank all those who helped with the festival. From the many sponsors, to the ones who helped organize and get the word out. This year Champion Pet foods became a part of the weekend as one of the new sponsors.
“I want to especially thank the members of Auburn Tourism, those at Auburn City Hall and the Auburn Mayor, Mike Hughes,” said Dulworth. “They all worked hard to put the festival on and I am grateful.”
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.