American Legion Post 149 To Host Bluegrass Festival
2/6/2015 ~ by Suellen Reitz
Did you know we live right in the middle of a hotbed for fans of bluegrass music? Itís true, and if you have never experienced the harmonious sounds of bluegrass which is unlike any other music genre, you are in for a treat!
Jasperís Post 149 members are in high gear with the preparations for Jasper Blue Grass Charity Festival 2015, scheduled for 8-10 May in the open field off Hwy 515 and Hwy 53 East. Their goal; to offer great entertainment featuring 10 top name bluegrass bands in a family friendly environment plus great shopping opportunities in the variety of arts and crafts and delicious eats. Listen, shop and dine Ö and do all of this helping the legionnaires raise moneyÖlots of money. All profits are going back to our community and to the support of American Veterans in need.
Ray Smith, General Chairman for the festival, came up with the idea last summer while corresponding with old friends who go across America for bluegrass festivals. Once he had clearance from the Legion and city officials, things started happening. Ray excited about how things are starting to gel stated, "Even though things started slowly at first, now that we are getting closer to May, the Festival has grown exponentially with the support from the community and Veterans organizations. We are expecting some big crowds so come out join us for a lot of good American music and good times."
Festival committee members are still looking for a few more crafts vendors and sponsors to help grow the funds they plan to give back. Check out the festival website at www.legionfest.com for more details on the bands and how you can get involved. Be sure and check back often for our news updates.
So mark your calendars now, May 8-10, for a fantastic weekend you donít want to miss.