If you like bluegrass music, you might want to keep your schedule clear next weekend. The Carter County Shrine Club will host their 29th Annual Shriners Bluegrass Festival next weekend. The event, which starts on Thursday, July 11, and runs through Saturday, July 13, draws some of the best regional and national touring acts in the business. That's no surprise, given that the genre is named for the state of Kentucky and that some of the biggest names in bluegrass hail from the surrounding area.

Headliners for this year's show include Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, keeping up the tradition started by his legendary father and late uncle Carter Stanley, who along with Kentucky's Bill Monroe helped define bluegrass music for generations of fans. Stanley will play Friday night, followed by Salyersville based up-and-comers Turning Ground. On Saturday night Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers get things started for Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. Other bands playing throughout the weekend include Diamond Ridge, South Ridge, Tommy Webb Band, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express, Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys, Lacy Creek, Turning Ground, Blue Highway, Rick Oldfield & Curnie Lee Wilson with Fenced In, Hammertowne, and the Dave Adkins Band.

Music starts at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m. on Friday, and runs until late each night, with closing bands for the evening starting at 8:30 on Thursday, 9:05 on Friday, and 10:05 on Saturday, with supper breaks each day around 4 or 5 p.m.

For more information, a complete schedule, and to purchase tickets you can visit the festival online at www.shrinersbluegrassfestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased from Alma Sturgill at Sturgill's Music Center on Scott Street in Olive Hill. Camping is also available for a small fee, including electrical hookups. Other amenities available to campers and music fans include a public shower house and on-site food vendors.

Contact the writer at jwells@journaltimes.com.

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