(08/11/2002)
Festival ends three-day run last night

Crowd enjoyed new pavilion

Sonny Lowers (one of the organizers) and his group

There were more performers, more dancers and more folks attending than ever before. More importantly, they were having a really good time. The 5th Annual Firemen's Bluegrass Festival wound down late last night after a three day run, a great success.

Dozens and dozens of regional bluegrass bands took the stage in front of a newly constructed pavilion and dance area. Lots of new dancers joined the West Fork Valley's most famous clogger, Lucy Marks, who returned to the local event for five years running. The dance floor was often crowded.

The dance floor was often crowded

Lucy (right) returns for another engagement

Dozens and dozens of campers filled the grounds

The festival, a fundraiser for the Upper West Fork Volunteer Fire Department, drew dozens and dozens of families in campers from out of the area. The entire ground was almost covered with the guests, who set up shop, get their easy chairs and enjoy the sound of mountain bluegrass.

Climaxing the night was the best fireworks display seen in these parts, and the crowd loved them.

The festival has become one of the county's best entertainment events.

Tuning up backstage

Young picker and friend

Enjoying the afternoon

The youngin's get in the act

Festival is located at Upper West Fork Park

Crafters listen to music and relax


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