I usually don’t do festivals outside of the city, but wanted to make a return trip to this one. I was here once before, years ago, and it has gotten a lot bigger, and they charge admission (for a scholarship fund).. It is in Eastwood Park, in the heart of Dayton’s heavily Appalachian eastern suburbs.
The place was pretty crowded, or at least the parking was. They had to take people in with this wagon thing from the farther lots
The big event was on the main stage where they had some big name country acts…Kentucky Headhunters, Rhonda Vincent, some other folks.
The MC was this DJ from the “I” stations..WBZI..classic country and bluegrass
This is not “Martha White” but bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent
one of the country stars (Eddy Raven?) signing autographs
Arts & Crafts tents, beer truck, and trad foods
Clogging stage…they had audience participation clogs as well as groups
UofK visibility. You really see this in the area if UofK makes it into the later rounds of the NCAA playoffs, with the flags on peoples houses and cars. One can also see WV alum stickers on cars in the area, not so much Tennessee, though.
There is a big union presence here, which is something I’ve never seen in a festival here in Dayton.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a raffle like this.
Classic car show in the background
More crafts and a food area
…which leads to the Bluegrass Stage
The lady at the mike is Lela Estes, who is one of the heads of the group that puts this on..”Our Common Heritage”…she is also a neighborhood activist & lives in Twin Towers or Walnut Hills. Her house was recently arsonized (maybe because of her activism?). The older folks to the left are veterans from the Riverside VFW…the guy on the far left in the white hair was at Omaha Beach.
This band, Rum River, is actually from up in the Troy area, and the leader is that lady to the left, on the banjo. She got started in the California bluegrass scene, and you can here that a bit in her band.
Even more clogging, and the audience
Beyond the band was the re-enactors camp…and they had a lot. These are frontier life re-enactors, but I notice this Scots thing going on, too, which sort of makes sense given the prevalence of Scots-Irish ancestry in Appalachia and the Ohio Valley in general.
And next to this was the singer-songwriter stage, which is where I spent most of my time. I was surprised there was this much going on here…they were able to put on at least (maybe more) 3 sets of 4 or 5 performers a day, for two or so days. These guys all did country or bluegrass style
….closing with the shade tree look & feel of the event: