Ola Belle Reed was a singer, songwriter and banjo player who performed with her family as the North Carolina Ridge Runners starting in the 1950s. She passed away in 2002, and the festival was established to help keep her music alive.
As they put it on their site:
The Festival will feature the music of Ola Belle’s husband and sons, musicians who played with her over the years, newer groups that are carrying on her tradition, and local talent. It will also celebrate the life and philosophy of a woman who spent a lifetime “tearing down the fences that fence us all in.”
Wayne Henderson’s guitars are made by hand in his small shop, with waiting lists of several years the norm. He was the subject of a book published in 2005 called Clapton’s Guitar, by Allen St. John, which chronicles the building of a custom Henderson guitar for the rock legend.
You can find out more about the raffle, and purchase tickets online, on the Ola Belle Reed festival web site.