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Second annual Bluegrass Festival and Jam Aug. 7 at Cooper Lake Center

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Cooper Lake Center rolls out its second annual Bluegrass Festival and Jam tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday with something new – shade.

Bud Swayne of Cumby, chairman of the event, said he and other volunteers have put in a lot of hours erecting a steel framework that, when covered with a fabric skin, can shield several hundred patrons from the sun.

“We can keep the sun off you,” Swayne said, “but you still have to bring a lawn chair.”

The canopy will be put to work for the first time at 1 p.m. tomorrow for a concert by Hickory Hill, Salt Grass, High Strung and the Mack Smith Band. The same four groups will perform at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, because there are five bands in the mix, the midday and evening performances go on a little earlier – at noon and 6 p.m. The Saturday bands are the Wildwood Valley Boys, Bonham Review, Bowles Creek, Welch Mountain and Blue River.

Program director Bill Grant, whose bluegrass credentials go back almost to the genre’s birth, will perform with Welch Mountain, and Amy Asbill Patrick, his stepdaughter, who has strong Hopkins County roots, will sing with Blue River.

“We feel like we’ve got a really good line-up of bands this year,” said Jim Butler, one of the event organizers. “With two shows each day, everyone has an opportunity to see the show. It looks like the weather may cooperate better this year, too, so we are expecting a good turnout.”

Admission is $15 for all day Friday, $20 for all day Saturday and $30 for a Friday-Saturday package. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Cooper Lake Center is in the Birthright area, west of Texas Highways 19 and 154. Roadside signs will mark the intersection that leads to the center.

For more information, contact Jim Butler, Tom Stewart or Bud Swayne at 903-439-7542.

 

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