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Back to the Past Bluegrass Bash at Butler Park this weekend

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By Amanda Hensley

By AMANDA HENSLEY

The News-Democrat

Travel back to the past to keep bluegrass music in the future: Come out to the Bluegrass Bash this Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, at General Butler State Resort Park.

The annual “Back to the Past for the Future Bluegrass Bash” will take place at the new venue, near the Kentucky Veterans Memorial, for a second year, and the theme, again, is “A Tribute to our Veterans.”

Fans are encouraged to  to bring items or letters to send to U.S. soldiers overseas.

Debbie Allen, secretary and treasurer of the Carroll County Bluegrass Music Association, set up the nonprofit organization in 2001 and has been a part of it ever since.

Allen says around 400 people usually attend the bash, mostly out-of-towners.

This year, people can expect “a good time, good music and good food,” Allen said. She suggests bringing lawn chairs and maybe an umbrella, because it rained last year.

But not to fear: performers will be under a large tent.

And there will be be raffles for prizes and at least one vendor serving ice cream.

There are some “really good bands” this year, said Chuck Webster, CCBMA president said. Topping the list are  The Moron Brothers, who are a big hit in Carroll County, he said.

They’ve been with the bash since it began in 2001, and Webster said he receives a lot of calls asking about them.

“The No. 1 question is ‘when are the Moron Brothers going to be there, and when are they going to play,’ ” Webster said.

So to answer an important question, the Moron Brothers are scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Webster said festivalgoers can expect variety. “We have all the different types of bluegrass that are out there.”

For information about tickets and a lineup of performers, please see Pages 10-11 in this issue.