Department of Parks
Carter Caves To Host J.P. Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin Sept. 5-9
OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves State Resort Park will be hosting the J.P. Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin Sept. 5-9.
During this five-day festival, guests will be able to hear traditional musical instruments such as the dulcimer, fiddle and guitar used to tell stories about life long ago along the foothills of Eastern Kentucky.
Wednesday night is a free concert in the campground. Thursday features an open stage concert at the ampitheatre. On Friday afternoon there’s an open stage, banjo gatherin & dulcimer gatherin. Friday night evening features a concert in the ampitheatre. On Saturday afternoon there will be an open stage, ballads, storytelling, fiddle gatherin and guitar gatherin. Saturday night features an evening concert. On Sunday morning there will be a musical gathering in the campground.
Tickets for concerts and jam sessions range from $4 to $10 for each event. You can buy a pass for the entire festival for $25. There’s also a dulcimer building workshop for $65 that starts Wednesday afternoon.
For more information, call the park at 1-800-325-0059. You can also visit www.reedisland.com/RIR/fraleyfest.htm for information.
Carter Caves State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages and restaurant. The park also offers cave tours, hiking, golf, mini-golf, fishing, camping, and horseback riding.
To reach Carter Caves, take exit 161 off Interstate 64 at Olive Hill. Go east on U.S. 60 for approximately 2 miles and turn left on KY 182 north. Park entrance is 3 miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov