Show-Me Bluegrass Festival this week at the Missouri State Fair
August 13, 2012, Sedalia, MO –The second annual Show-Me Bluegrass Festival returns to the Missouri State Fair this Wednesday, featuring more than 10 bluegrass bands, sponsored by AgriMissouri. A $2 gate admission discount will be offered this day to adults with a Sedalia Democrat newspaper front page Fair banner.
“The Show-Me Bluegrass Festival brings a unique atmosphere to the fairgrounds,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “Featured bands will include River Berry on the Touchstone Energy stage as well as fiddling on the grandstand with The Quebe Sisters Band.
“River Berry is comprised of three siblings, two sisters and one brother, who have performed on stages at Silver Dollar City,” said Wolfe. “The band features traditional bluegrass instruments such as the banjo and standing bass.”
Other bands in the Festival include Misty Mountain, Whetstone, Charlie and the Girls, Beverly’s Hillbillies and Bluegrass Missourians. Schedules will be available at the Fair’s information booths.
Amateur musicians are also encouraged to showcase their talents. A 4 O’Clock Jam Session will be held in the Show-Me Tent for anyone bringing an instrument, followed by a Banjo Contest at 6 p.m. on the Touchstone Energy Stage. The sign-up for this contest will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the Touchstone Energy Tent.
Bluegrass music will continue into the evening as bluegrass favorites, The Quebe Sisters Band, perform in the Country Gold concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. on the Pepsi Grandstand.
“The three sisters, known for their three-part harmony singing and Texas-style fiddling,” said Wolfe, “will have fairgoers tapping their foot to their traditional style of music.”
Tickets for the concert are $20 and $10 and can be purchased from the Missouri State Fair Box Office, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Special activities for seniors will also be held Wednesday, including dancing and bingo. The dancing will feature more than 225 entertainers from across Missouri showcasing their square, line and clog dancing skills from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall.
Seniors can also enter the Senior Waltz Contest starting at 1 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Cash awards will be presented to three places in waltz, polka, jitterbug and line dance categories.
The 2012 Missouri State Fair is currently underway in Sedalia and will run through Sunday, Aug. 19. For more information, visit www.mostatefair.com, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247). The Fair is also on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.