Mineral Bluegrass Festival returns to Walton Park

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

The bluegrass is headed back to Mineral

The 31st annual Mineral Bluegrass Festival will be held at Walton Park in Mineral from Thursday, July 17 to Saturday, July 19. Fifteen performers are scheduled to take the stage during the three-day event that organizers estimate will draw 2,500 spectators.

“People love bluegrass, regardless of who is playing,” said George Shifflett, of Shifflett Family Entertainment, who is organizing the event. “They come for the atmosphere. That’s the biggest thing.”

Once again, the sounds of a banjo being plucked and a mandolin being strummed will be a near-constant throughout the day. Performances run from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., with a break each night at 5 p.m. for dinner. The artists, who will rotate to the stage hourly, are some of the brightest figures in the industry.

Junior Sisk, a renowned artist in the genre, will showcase his skills on Saturday at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tabbed as the 2013 male vocalist of the year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Of America, Sisk figures to be one the biggest names to take the stage in Mineral in recent memory.

“He’s about the biggest thing in bluegrass in terms of those climbing the charts,” Shifflett said.

To read the entire story, see the July 10 edition of The Central Virginian.

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