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Musician Larry Sparks plays Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival. (Photo Supplied)
Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival celebrating 10th year, welcoming headliner Larry Sparks
Posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.

WAKARUSA — The Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival is marking its 10th year with three days of live music, jam sessions, a banjo workshop and more.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, June 13
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m. Banjo workshop
  • 6-10 p.m. Open bluegrass jam

Saturday, June 14

  • 10:30 a.m. Welcome remarks, prayer, national anthem
  • 11 a.m. Calabogie Road
  • Noon, Rusty Nail Crossing
  • 1 p.m. Calabogie Road
  • 2 p.m. Special Consensus
  • 3 p.m. Honor founders and veterans
  • 3:30 p.m. Rusty Nail Crossing
  • 4:30 p.m. Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers
  • 5:30 p.m. Audie Blaylock and Redline
  • 6:30 p.m. Special Consensus
  • 7:30 p.m. Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers
  • 8:30 p.m. Audie Blaylock and Redline

Sunday, June 15

  • 10 a.m.- Noon, Bluegrass gospel service with music by Heartstrings Bluegrass and message by pastor Dwaine Swartzentruber
  • Noon- 4 p.m. Pot luck lunch and jamming

The concert lineup boasts a list of five festival favorites including headliner Larry Sparks, who is celebrating 50 years playing bluegrass. Sparks performed at the first Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival in 2005, the same year he won his second award for best male vocalist from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

“He has played all over the world,” festival treasurer Ellie Tom said. “It’s like he’s coming home again.”

Music will start at 11 a.m. June 14 with concerts by Sparks, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Special Consensus, Rusty Nail Crossing and Calabogie Road. Festival founders Ed Tom and Mel Schrock and veterans will be honored at 3 p.m. Saturday.

But before the artists hit the stage, the festival will have a free two-hour banjo workshop at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, where people can bring along their instruments and learn a few tips from musician Rick Rassi. After Friday’s workshop will be an open mic bluegrass jam session at 6 p.m.

The festival will close out the 10-year celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15, with a bluegrass gospel service and a free potluck lunch at noon followed by a jam session.

Free primitive camping and parking will be available at the festival’s three-acre site at 66425 S.R. 19 South. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

No tickets are required Friday or Sunday. Admission is $15 Saturday at the gate. Children younger than 12 and active and retired veterans with a military ID get in free.

For more information, visit wakarusabluegrassfestival.com.

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