Department of Tourism
Bluegrass Music Stars Will Shine at Jerusalem Ridge Celebration Oct. 2-5

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 05, 2008  
Contact Information:  Campbell or Julie Mercer

ROSINE, Ky. – Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will be among the headliners of more than 40 leading bluegrass music acts appearing at the 2008 Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration in Rosine, Ky. Oct. 2-5.

Organizers of this year’s festival, the seventh installment of the annual celebration that started in 2002, are hoping to match last year’s turnout of bluegrass music lovers from 42 states and several foreign countries.

After drawing 2,500 fans to the first festival in 2002, the Jerusalem Ridge Celebration has grown steadily, luring more than 12,000 spectators last year, according to Julie Mercer, a spokeswoman for the non-profit Monroe Foundation that stages the festival. But 2008 festival promotion efforts have been stepped up because of economic conditions.

“This year we are unsure of what effect the higher gas prices and economy woes will have on the numbers,” Mercer said. “We’ve had plenty of pre-festival interest and advance ticket sales are good. But the vast majority of tickets are purchased at the gate.”

The Monroe Foundation uses proceeds from the event to restore the late Bill Monroe’s family homestead and preserve and promote bluegrass music. The site of the celebration was the stomping ground of the young Bill Monroe, considered the father of bluegrass music, whose ancestors settled near Jerusalem Ridge in the 1830s.

A four-day festival pass costs $80, while a three-day pass is $75. Tickets for individual days range from $20 to $30 each. Children under 12 are admitted free, while 13- to 17-year-olds pay half price.

For more information on the festival, contact Campbell Mercer or Julie Mercer at 270-274-9181 or email A list of performers, contact information for area lodging and other information can be viewed at

Rosine is about 33 miles from Owensboro, Ky. and 50 miles from Bowling Green, Ky. The closest airports are Evansville, Ind. (75 miles), Louisville, Ky. (100 miles) and Nashville, Tenn. (115 miles).       

The Kentucky Department of Travel, an agency of the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, exists to promote The Commonwealth as a travel destination, generate revenue and create jobs for Kentucky’s economy.