Welcome, Vendors, Entertainers and Attendees!
One of the most exciting duties I have as Director is arranging the entertainment on the stage at Bluegrass Village City Park, located next to the courthouse on Court Street between East 3rd and East 4th Streets
. We feature free, live, continuous entertainment at City Park Bluegrass Village beginning at noon Tuesday June 21-Saturday June 25. Our vendors open at 10:00 a.m. each day and the music starts soon after.
We have great entertainers performing until around 9:00 pm during the week and a little later Friday and Saturday nights. Friday kicks off the Bluegrass music that we feature on Friday and Saturday. One of our most popular events is the Battle of the Bluegrass Bands right after the parade on Saturday. Battle winners are selected by the audience as our runners circulate throughout the crowd with buckets to receive donations. The competing bands receive all of the monies placed in their respective buckets. Watch for bios and information about the “Battle-Bands” as arrangements are made. We will have some exciting talent lined up and always have some real treats in store for you. So, BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS and pick out a shady spot! We will have the entire week’s entertainment schedule available as soon as it is completed.
There is lots to see and do in City Park Bluegrass Village all week long. We have something for everyone in a grassy family-friendly setting. We love to see the park full of happy faces. It is a great place to grab lunch or dinner, do some shopping or browsing, then find a shady place to set up your lawn-chair, relax, and enjoy the entertainment.
There is no admission charge, but this year we are doing 50/50 raffles each day to help offset our costs and put some cash in the lucky daily winner’s pocket! The winner does not have to be present to win their share of the prize money. You can buy as many tickets as you want to at the City Park Information Booth, Slocum Hall Campground Information Booth and the Information Booth located in the high school at the contest site. There will be three drawings each day, one at each location. Tickets are only $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00 and $20.00 will get you 25 tickets. It is challenging each year to fund the stage, sound equipment, insurance, special entertainment and activities, etc. We want to be able to continue providing this great part of the event at no cost to our attendees and you can show your appreciation and support of this event with your raffle ticket purchases.
I am always looking for family-friendly entertainment for our City Park Bluegrass Village stage. We start on Tuesday June 21 at noon and go until around 9:00 each evening during the week, and later on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you are an entertainer and would like to be considered for a slot on the stage, you can contact me by phone or email. I have one-hour and half-hour slots available. I appreciate a CD or video of your act if you have not been on our stage before, but that isn’t a prerequisite. Our goal is to provide quality family-friendly entertainment that makes our attendees want to linger. If you are unfamiliar with our event, please read the Attendees page for additional overview information.
If you are a bluegrass band and would like to be in the Battle of the Bluegrass Bands, please contact me. There are slots for 3-5 bands only, so early application is encouraged. BOBB participants receive the monies donated during their performances. All performers may sell CDs, T-shirts, etc. for 45 minutes after your performance at a table provided or make arrangements with our CD sales person to sell CDs during your performance.
I am taking performer’s applications and you can download the entertainer’s packet that includes all the forms you will need to return to me for consideration. I like to have the schedule filled by May 15, so the earlier you apply, the better. We would like you to fill out the bio section as completely as space allows. It lets us and your audience know more about who you are and it really adds to the fun and interest. It is also a good place to “toot your own horn” and we see nothing wrong with that! (Do be honest, however!)
If you need more information, I am always happy to talk with you about our event, so feel free to call or e-mail me at the National Oldtime Fiddlers home office (208) 414-0255 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you.