In Aug. 27 IssueBy Kim GrahamTimes Journal Reporter
Music filled the air and cloggers filled the dance floor last weekend at the 6th Annual Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival August 21st and 22nd at KOA Campground in Russell Springs.
"There were a lot of good bands on stage and there was a lot of good local talent picking music around the campfires," said James Flatt, Indian Hills KOA Campground.
Throughout the weekend, 8 regional and nationally touring bands performed for Bluegrass Music fans.
Even though Saturday was interrupted by a brief rain shower, folks that left with the storm were replaced by other music lovers later in the evening.
"It was like we had two separate crowds on Saturday," said festival promoter Clarissa "Moochie" Hart. "Some came in the morning and left while others showed up in the afternoon for the evening shows."
Overall, Hart estimated total attendance was about the same as 2008 with approximately 1,500 festival goers taking in shows over the weekend.
"The bluegrass festival was a big success," said James Flatt, Indian Hills KOA Campground. "We had a lot of RVer's that stayed at the KOA for the festival."
Contributing to the success of the festival was the new permanent covered stage with amphitheatre style seating.
The new concrete dance floor was a big hit allowing dancing spectators become performers.
"Cloggers love the new dance floor," said Hart. "A lot of kids were trying it out, too. We even had one break dancer."
Indian Hills owners, Dr. and Mrs. Peck of Russell Springs, came out to witness the handy work of their staff and see the results of their labor.
"Last weekend was the first time Dr. and Mrs. Peck got to see the new stage in action," said Flatt. "Everybody, including the Pecks said the stage area was impressive."
Year round planning and production by the festival committee, sponsors and other community support all came together to produce the annual music festival.
"Sponsorship is holding about the same as last year despite the economic concerns," said Hart. "We're really blessed with community support."
Owners and staff at the campgrounds go above and beyond the call of duty helping with every aspect of preparation from finding a way to hang a quilt backdrop on stage to keeping the grounds clean and manicured.
"We have great support from our venue so it makes it easy to put on the event," Hart said. "We are very thankful to Dr. and Mrs. Peck, James Flatt and the KOA staff for their continued efforts in support of the festival."
The dust had hardly settled from this year's festival when the first meeting of the Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival took place Tuesday at the LCADD office.
"Plans are already underway for the 2010 festival scheduled August 20th and 21st at the Indian Hills KOA Campground," said Hart. "We're looking forward to more good music and fun next year."
She said every year is a little better and plans run smoother as they learn. The committee looks at what has been done in the past to see what works and try to make it even better for future festivals.
"When people show up and have a good time, it's all worth it," Hart said.