By Becky Killian, Managing Editor
The Sally Gap Bluegrass Festival will begin Thursday in Williamsburg featuring good music, good food and a good time, according to Nathan Bray, festival committee member.
It is the fifth year for the festival, which will feature mostly local talent on Thursday and a blend of local and nationally-known artists on Friday and Saturday.
One local group performing is Tidalwave Road, who appears Saturday. Among the nationally-known artists are Darrell Scott and the Brothers, Jim Hurst — who is originally from the area — as well as The Clay Hess Band and Lonesome River Band.
Marcia Hamblin, who is also a festival committee member, said the festival has a family-friendly atmosphere. Children at the festival can enjoy inflatables, face painting and toy vendors as well as take free children’s workshops during which they build a Bluegrass instrument and learn a song they perform on stage during supper break. Kids also get a free T-shirt.
The festival began five years ago as a way to provide area residents something to do as well as the chance to see nationally-known bands for a good price, according to Bray and Hamblin.
The festival has drawn an average of 1,500 people over three days with some past visitors coming from Canada, Germany and Russia as well as people from more than 20 states.
The festival’s main sponsor is Whitley County Tourism.
(All times p.m. unless noted)
75 South 6-6:45
Megan Sasko 6:50-7:35
Hamblin Family Reunion 7:40-8:25
Mountain Drive 8:30-9:15
Southern Sun 9:20-10:10
Common Bond noon-12:45
Virgil Bowlin & Peerless Mtn.12:50-1:35
The Dixie Ryders 1:40-2:25
Dean Osborne Band 2:30-3:15
Darrell Scott and the Brothers 3:20-4:05
The Boxcars 4:10-4:55
Supper Break 5-6
Common Bond 6-6:45
Virgil Bowlin & Peerless Mtn. 6:50-7:35
The Dixie Ryders 7:40-8:25
Dean Osborne Band 8:30-9:15
Darrell Scott and the Brothers 9:20-10:05
The Boxcars 10:10-10:55
The Colonel Strings 11:10-11:55 a.m.
Coaltown Dixie noon- 12:45
Tidalwave Road 12:50-1:35
Southern Sun 1:40-2:25
Jim Hurst 2:30-3:15
The Clay Hess Band 3:20-4:05
Lonesome River Band 4:10-4:55
Supper Break 5-6
Coaltown Dixie 6-6:45
Tidalwave Road 6:50-7:35
Southern Sun 7:40-8:25
Jim Hurst 8:30-9:15
The Clay Hess Band 9:20-10:05
Lonesome River Band 10:10-10:55
IF YOU GO
What: Sally Gap Bluegrass Festival
Where: Six miles east of Williamsburg on KY 92 East
When: Campers begin arriving today (Wednesday). Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Cost: Weekend pass is $40; Thursday tickets $10; Friday or Saturday tickets $20. Kids 13 and over pay $5 a day, kids age 12 and under admitted free. Rough camping is free to ticket holders. Electric hookups are available.