LEXINGTON, KY (May 23, 2005) Perennial and pretty as lightening bugs and deliciously anticipated as Silver Queen corn, the second weekend in June also always celebrates the return of the Festival of the Bluegrass to the Kentucky Horse Park campground as a rite of summer.
This year’s Festival of the Bluegrass, June 9-12, brings another impressive line-up of world-class Bluegrass musicians that will include J.D. Crowe, Seldom Scene, King Wilkie, Pine Mountain Railroad, IIIrd Tyme Out, The Katie Penn Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Mountain Heart and Wildfire. For the first time, the festival will also have an auxiliary stage adjacent to the main stage.
Festival of the Bluegrass guests are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to soak up the sunshine, moonlight and music in an easy, family-friendly atmosphere that harkens back to a time when summers were longer and less complicated. By day, festival performers are accompanied by campground Meadowlarks; evening concerts are chorused by crickets during an event that has enthralled generations of music lovers for 31 years.
The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Camp for kids ages 9 to 16 will coincide with the Festival of the Bluegrass, from June 7-9.
For information on the Music Camp, tickets, schedule of performers or camping, call 859-846-4995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their Web site at www.festivalofthebluegrass.com.
From March 15-October 31, the Kentucky Horse Park is open seven days a week. Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum but does not include the Festival of the Bluegrass.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted more than 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in 80 special events and horse shows in 2004. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.