(08/09/2001)
By Bob Weaver

Sonny Lowers plays Bluegrass

It is quickly becoming one of Calhoun's nicest annual events - the 4th Annual Firemen's Bluegrass Festival at the Upper West Fork Park along State Route 16 near Chloe. The festival runs from August 9-11. Volunteer Fireman Sonny Lowers said the "show is on," just returning home after multiple-bypass surgery and a heart attack.

Lowers says he will have lots of help with the country-flavored, old time blue-grass event that continues to draw larger crowds each year. "It is great, clean family entertainment," he said. "We hope to have a lot of people visiting this year."

Families bring their campers from all over the country to rent-a-space on the festival grounds at rock bottom prices. Most people come and spend the whole day and evening. Lowers said the festival has tried to keep the music local, featuring area bluegrass talent. "These are groups that often don't play on the bluegrass circuit. Local fellers," he said.

Lots of folks were surprised last year by the gigantic fireworks display that lit you the West Fork Valley, a feature on Saturday night. There will be the usual contests, flea market ($15 set-up, no food), crafters, pig roast, camping, food and side events, but the big attraction will be the musicians who take the stage during the three-day event.

Thursday August 9

Jam Session 7 to 11 p.m.

Friday August 10

Bill Triplett and Big Otter Bluegrass (6 p.m.)

Paul Cottrell and High Mountain Bluegrass (7 p.m.)

Sonny Lowers and Roane County Bluegrass (8 p.m.)

Denny Dobbins and Friends (9 p.m.)

Carm Tanner and The Spirits of Bluegrass (10 p.m.)

Next Exit (11 p.m.)

Saturday August 11

Paul Cottrell and High Mountain Bluegrass (12 noon)

Denny Dobbins and Friends (1 p.m.)

Bill Triplett and Big Otter Bluegrass (2 p.m.)

Ray Cadle and Green Mountain Boys (3 p.m.)

Sonny Lowers and Roane County Bluegrass (4 p.m.)

Next Exit (5 p.m.)

Bluegrass Mountain Express (6 p.m.)

CROWNING of King and Queen (6:45 p.m.)

Carm Tanner and The Spirit of Bluegrass (7 p.m.)

Denny Dobbins and Friends (8 p.m.)

Bill Triplett and Big Otter Bluegrass (9 p.m.)

FIREWORKS 9:30 p.m.)

Ray Cadle and Green Mountain Boys (10 p.m.)

Paul Cottrell and High Mountain Bluegrass (11 p.m.)

There will be a meeting at the Upper West Fork Fire Department on July 23 at 7 p.m. to make arrangements for cooking and kitchen plans for the Firemens Bluegrass Festival.


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