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Greenup County Music Festival at Greenbo Lake

June 27, 2014

By Portia Williams, The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio

June 27--GREENUP, Ky. -- The Greenup County Music Festival will kick off the Summer Music Series at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park's amphitheater July 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. The event will feature live music from talent in the tri-state area. The series, each second Saturday of the month, continues Aug. 9 with Greenbo Grass Bluegrass Festival and ends Sept. 13 with the Colonel Bill Williams Blues Festival.

Anne Stephens, Greenup County Extension Office Fine Arts agent, said the Greenup County Music Festival coincides with their mission to provide economic development through the arts.

"This is part of the programming of the Greenup County Extension Fine Arts Council. It fits with our mission of community economic development through arts programming," Stephens said. "We want to support our local state park and this beautiful venue that they have for music festivals. They have the outdoor venue in Greenup County with their amphitheater. So we are very proud that when we have events out there the lodge is booked, the campground is booked, the restaurant stays busy and that thrills us, that's what we want is for people to come out and enjoy family friendly arts-based activities that support our local, cultural heritage."

She said they want to provide musicians from the tri-state to share their talent with the community.

"We have so many talented musicians in this area that we want to spotlight, and give people a chance to come and enjoy that, and it's all free," she said.

According to Stephens, the festival series began in 2007, and has evolved into a series of three festival events.

"This is something that we do every year. In 2007, the Colonel Bill Williams Blues Festival was the first event that we sponsored out there which happens in September. We have since then, grown to having a series, the series is second Saturdays, so July, August, and September second Saturdays will be a free music festival there at the amphitheater, and July is the Greenup County Music Festival.

The series will continue into August with the Greenbo Grass Festival, and will conclude in September with the Colonel Bill Williams Heritage Music Festival.

"August is what we call Greenbo Grass, and that is all blue grass. Then in September is the Colonel Bill Williams Heritage Music Festival which is blues in honor of Colonel Bill who was a Greenup County native who played blue guitar. He is no longer living, but the festival is held in his honor," she said. This year we have three events, with the Greenup County Music Festival, which is a variety of music based in local talent."

All events are free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Concessions are catered by Greenbo Lake State Resort Park's Angler's Cove and available all evening. Visit for details on all events, or contact Anne Stephens at the Greenup County Extension Office at 606-836-0201.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is on KY 1, 18 miles north of Interstate 64 from the Grayson exit, or 8 miles south of U.S. 23, the Country Music Highway.

Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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