Rotary Club Will Present Bluegress Festival and Beauty Pageant On Saturday, July 18



For more than 50 years, the third Saturday night in July has been the date for the Fentress County Horse Show, but this year, that date will see the Fentress County Bluegrass Festival revived.

“Several factors, included more restrictive federal regulations, increased travel costs, and diminishing interest in the Walking Horse industry have resulted in low participation in walking horse shows across tennessee during recent years,” said Crystal Tompkins, who has served as the local walking horse chairman for the past two years.

Because of these factors, the Rotary Club has made the decision this year to discontinue the horse show, and revive the Fentress County Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 18.

The Bluegrass Festival will provide a full day of entertainment, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing until 9:45 p.m.  Local bands will take the stage from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at which time the Banjo Cats, featuring Michael and Jennifer McClain, will present one of two performances of the day.

Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up touring and performing in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Their concerts always include banjo music, but also feature outstanding vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and upright bass.

Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, The Nashville Network, Country Music Television, RFD Television, National Public Radio, and the PBS show, Song of the Mountains, which airs on over 180 Public Television outlets across the United States.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.