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Bluegrass Charity Festival this weekend

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    Members of American Legion Post 149 worked on the main stage for this weekend’s charity bluegrass festival in the field behind Ingles.
    Members of the American Legion Post 149 invite the community to their first Bluegrass charity festival May 8-10, at the field behind Ingles, where JeepFest is held.
    Ray Smith, who is heading up the festival for the veterans, said they have put in a lot of work behind the scenes to get the festival going.

    Everything is coming together well and Smith wants to see good crowds to raise money for veteran needs.
    “It’s gonna be a lot of fun,” Smith said. “Come on out, there will be great music and plenty of food, arts and crafts.”
    In addition to a solid lineup of top bluegrass bands beginning Friday afternoon, going all day Saturday and Sunday morning through 3 p.m., the festival will have 20 food vendors and 30 arts and craft booths.
    Smith said they have gotten really good support from the community. The money raised will help the American Legion Post address needs of local veterans.
    Tickets are $10 for Friday with the event starting with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Saturday tickets are $15 and the festival will run from 10 a.m. until midnight. Sunday music will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets are $10. Weekend passes and family passes are also available. Special discounts for military and public safety.
    Advanced tickets are available at the Pickens Progress and Foothills IGA. Tickets and more information, including a list of the bands are available at