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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Bluegrass and Barbecue returns to museum grounds Saturday

  • The annual Bluegrass and Barbecue festival will be held in Harrisburg 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
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  • The annual Bluegrass and Barbecue festival will be held in Harrisburg 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
    To be located at the Saline Creek Pioneer Village and Museum at 1600 Feazel Street, the event will feature free music and host a number of food and craft vendors.
    Organizer John O’Dell utilized the venue of the Saline County Fairground last year, but decided the museum location is the festival’s home.
    “The big thing is whether the capacity is there and it seems like it is,” O’Dell said.
    The festival seems to attract just the right number of people to fit on the museum grounds.
    “There weren’t any big glitches or anything (at the fairground); it was a matter of having more room and we’d wanted to try that out, but I think nostalgia won out. People liked having the museum and the log cabins, even the performers,” O’Dell said.
    There is one new performer this year: Alonzo Pennington of Princeton, Ky. O’Dell said Steve Green who frequents music festivals in the region suggested Pennington — a blues musician — to him and O’Dell decided he would be a good fit.
    Other groups are ones familiar to regular attendees of the festival: White Oak of Thompsonville, Wayne Lewis of Nashville, Tenn., The Phelps Brothers of Eldorado and Wes Thibodeaux and the Cajun Travelers of Louisiana. These groups appearing are veteran performers and have appeared at venues in Washington D.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Branson, Mo. 
    The performance schedule for this years event is:
    10 a.m. — White Oak
    11 a.m. — George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass
    Noon — Wayne Lewis
    2 p.m. — The Phelps Brothers
    3 p.m. — Wes Thibodeaux and the Beloved Cajun Travelers
    4 p.m. — Alonzo Pennington

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