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May 15, 2014

Shrine Club to host Bluegrass music festival

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

Friday and Saturday will be a time to enjoy Bluegrass and gospel music while helping children in need.

The Laurel County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival will come to the Laurel County Fairgrounds with music played from noon to 10:45 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 for a day and $25 for the weekend for adults, and the festival is free for children 12 and under.

Bands playing will include Dove Creek, the Singing Cooks, Kentucky Mountain Trio, the Dean Osborne Band, and the Lonesome River Band. There will be free RV parking for self-contained RVs that do not require water or electricity hookups. Shelter will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs to the event. Participants will be treated to a free pig roast Saturday.

All the profits from the event will be donated to Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, according to event organizer Bobby Owens. Owens said some of the bands are paid, while others are volunteering for the event. The festival has various sponsors throughout the Tri-County including the city of Corbin, the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission, London Tourism and Convention Commission, and Tincher Williams Chevrolet.

Owens said the hospital helps children who might not otherwise receive lifesaving and life-changing medical procedures due to cost, and alleviates the burden on parents who may not be able to pay large medical bills.

 “I do this for the kids,” Owens said.

Shriners treats children for serious burns, neurological problems, cleft palate, and musculoskeletal ailments regardless of the family’s ability to pay. According to their website, they operate “without financial obligation to patients or families.”  Shriners also makes significant medical breakthroughs, and their research has helped in the treatment of burn victims in every hospital across the country.

According to Owens, Shriners currently serves 214 children from Laurel County, 208 children from Whitley County, and 99 children from Knox County.

“All kinds of kids get taken care of whether they have the money for it or not,” Owens said. “There are kids who would be crippled if not for Shriners.”

The festival is a big event, and Owens said it takes a year to get everything arranged to run smoothly. However, he said the children helped by Shriners made the work worthwhile.

“Come out here and see what it’s all about,” Owens said.

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