The hills of Versailles State Park will soon be alive with the sound of Bluegrass music during the 24th Annual VSP Bluegrass Festival October 6 and 7, 2012. Twelve local and regional bands will gather for the festival along the Versailles Lake to share their love of the American music.
Friday night, October 5, Bluegrass fans can head to the Ripley County Welcome Center, 220 E. U.S. 50 in Versailles, Indiana for an Open Jam Session on the porch (inside if the weather’s not fitting). Music lovers of any level can bring their instruments and join in, sing along, or just sit back and listen.
Saturday morning the Festival will start an hour later than in past years, with the southern Indiana band Hoosier Hills starting at 11am. Happy Valley Bluegrass, mostly from the Batesville/Oldenburg area, will play at noon. Rural Route 2, a well-known Dillsboro group, plays at 1pm.
Whiskey Bent Valley will again be coming all the way up from Pewee, Kentucky, to play at 2pm Saturday. A local favorite with members from southeast Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio, Mt. Pleasant String Band will start their melodies at 3pm. A group who recently moved back to the Hoosier state, Blue Mafia, will begin at 4pm. Closing the Festival Saturday night will be Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, an all-female band from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sunday morning, October 7, the Festival will open at 10am with Waynetown, Indiana favorite Jim Denman, with his original songs and worship time. Another favorite of the Festival, Lost Mill String Band, originally from this region, will play at 11am. New this year will be the Indiana Boys, from Monroe and Brown counties, playing at noon.
Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys from Milan will be home from touring and back at the Festival, hitting the stage at 1pm. James White and Deer Creek, from southern Indiana, will bring on their music to clog by at 2pm. Born Again, from Milan, the tradition favorite band to close the Festival, will play at 3pm.
Sponsors, which make the Festival possible, include: Gold Fiddle; Friendship State Bank, McDonalds, and Bauer Instruments. Silver Fiddle sponsors are: Ripley County Community Foundation, Sonny’s Concession, Boone’s Redneck Cookin Wagon, Joe Vending, Bill Scrader, Tom Todhunter, Gilpin Screen Printing, Crossroads Family Restaurant, Napoleon State Bank, Southeastern Indiana REMC, Larry Kersey Electric, The Sherman House Restaurant and Inn, CORPrint, Johnson Hotrods, Gold Star Chili, Doug Jaeger, and Ripley Crossing Senior Living Community.
Festival wrist bands will be available at the Festival gate both Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $5 per day for the Festival, plus the fee to get into the park ($5 for Indiana residents and $7 for out of state). Festival goers are encouraged to bring family, friends, and lawn chairs, but no alcohol. Great food will be available.
More information on the bands and schedule is available on the Versailles State Park Bluegrass Festival web page at: www.ripleycountytourism.com/bluegrass, or call the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 888-747-5394.
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