Dunlap Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival Is June 6-7

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Traditional music will be the soundtrack of the Sequatchie Valley as part of the 28th annual Dunlap Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival June 6-7 at Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum. 

This year’s lineup of regional musicians includes Cannon Creek, Cedar Ridge, Coalition Band, Cumberland Band, the Fleming Family, Fox Mountain Express, Fredonia B.G., Timeline, Valley Grass, Barefoot Nellie and the Benedict Trio.

Performances will begin at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 6, and at 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 7, at the park’s main amphitheater, built from old railroad timbers. Audience members should bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the sounds of the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass.

Guests are encouraged to explore the 88-acre Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum, which preserves the remains of 268 beehive coke ovens that were part of a former coal mining operation that dates back to 1899 in the Sequatchie Valley. The park’s museum houses the largest collection of regional historic coal mining photographs in the state of Tennessee and features hundreds of mining artifacts, as well as historical objects common to the early settlers of Sequatchie County and Dunlap. 

Visitors to the park can also walk along the historic roadbed used during the Trail of Tears and the American Civil War.

The Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival is a family-friendly event. Camping spaces are provided on a first-come-first-served basis. 

For more information, visit www.cokeovens.com or call 949-2294.


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