Historical Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival Is June 2-3

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Historic Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival will be at the Coke Ovens Park in Dunlap Friday and Saturday, June 2-3.  

Concerts on Friday begin at 6 p.m. There will be a 10 a.m. workshop on Saturday with concerts beginning at 12:30 p.m.  

Bands will include Cumberland Band, Barefoot Nellie, Connection 27, Cannon Creek, Bluetastic Bluegrass, Fredonia Bluegrass, Fox Mountain Express, Valley Grass, Mountain Road, and others. For information on the music, call 309-0069, 949-2294 or email marlised@bledsoe.net

A jam will be held somewhere in the Coke Ovens Park in Dunlap starting at 6:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, June 1.  The public is invited to bring a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass or whatever and join.

There will be limited rough camping, with some electrical hookups. 

There will be music rain or shine.  Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Concessions will be available.

Admission is $5 on Friday and $7 on Saturday.

No pets or alcoholic beverages in the park.

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