Good news for bluegrass fans in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. The Brown County Bluegrass Festival, held for 25 years in Georgetown, OH, will continue this year in August.
Managed since 1990 by Don Morgan and his family, the festival had been slated for cancellation owing to health concerns until a number on entities intervened and found a way to keep the bluegrass playing the last weekend in August at the Brown County Fairgrounds.
Edgar Loudermilk was the first to reach out to Don to see what could be done to save the festival. He offered the services of his Edgar Loudermilk Music Productions company at a time when he should have been more focused on his first release with Pinecastle Records, Georgia Maple. Work began on a plan to continue the festival, and soon they had brought in Sam Karr and his SamJam Promotions to assist. The 2016 show was back on.
Loudermilk had performed many times at Brown County and hated the notion of seeing it end, and Karr is the promoter of a new bluegrass festival in nearby Pike County, OH scheduled for the weekend following the Brown County Bluegrass Festival. It’s called the SamJam Bluegrass Festival and is set to run September 2-4.
Thanks to their efforts, late August and early September in Ohio has a strong pull for bluegrass lovers with two major festivals back-to-back. Both promise a lineup of top entertainers that should bring the campers and RVs their way this summer.