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18th Annual Pickin' Party Old-Time Music Festival Returns to the Homepace

May 24, 2016 | press release from Land Between The Lakes

The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm hosts the Pickin’ Party Old-time Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs, ground blankets, to relax under the cool shade trees while enjoying old-time music. The festival offers open mic opportunities for local musicians and attendees. Festival food is available for purchase at the farm. Visitors may bring their instruments for jamming sessions on both days at Land Between the Lakes.

"Hear some of the best old-time, string band, and bluegrass musicians in the south," says Cindy Earls, Lead Interpreter at the Homeplace 1850s Farm. "We have local performer, songwriter, and folklorist, Nathan Blake Lynn, and fiddler, Josh Coffey, to MC this festival in the hollow. We also ask that everyone thank our sponsors–Kentucky Machine and Engineering in Cadiz, KY, and Murray State’s WKMS, who help make this event possible."

This year’s lineup includes crowd favorites as well as newcomers:

David Hurt portrays Grandpa Jones and performs – presented by Kentucky Chautauqua

Mandolin builder, Mike Holmes, also works his craft all weekend and offers his handmade mandolins for sale. In the event of rain, the Pickin’ Party moves to the indoor theater.

Festival and farm admission is $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under.  Land Between the Lakes provides several options for overnight accommodations for those wishing to stay on the national recreation area.

Photo by Susan Eizenga

If you are visiting Land Between The Lakes after dark, you are sure to hear the hoots of one of the many species of owls that can be found in this region.