REPORTING: RABBIT ZIELKE
The Tri-State Exhibition Center is located on a 92 acre facility built on land that was donated by Bradley County. The facility has several barns with more than 200 stalls available for horses and livestock. The covered arena provides a venue for horse shows, concerts, and a variety of other events. The Tri-State Exhibition Center depends on donations to cover the costs of maintenance and care. The White Oak Mountain Bluegrass Festival is an annual event that helps raise funds to keep the Tri-State Exhibition Center operating.
The Festival begins on Friday night, July 16th, with a battle of the bluegrass bands. Local bands will compete for a chance to kick off the festival on the main stage Saturday. The battle of the bands is free and open to the public. Musicians and blue grass fans will gather in the parking lot behind Hardee’s on Keith Street around 6:00 pm. The bands will play until a winner is determined.
On Saturday, July 17th, the festival begins early in the day with Biscuits and Jam, sponsored by Hardee’s. Bring your instrument and jam along with the bands starting at 10:00 am. Hardee’s supplies the biscuits, you provide the jam. The performance begins at noon on the main stage in the arena with the winner of the Friday night contest opening the show. The performers for this year’s festival include the Dismembered Tennesseans, Dehlia Low, Cool Mule, Dailey & Vincent, and Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet. Bring your lawn chairs and set up on the arena floor by the main stage for a full day of family fun and bluegrass music. Tickets are available at the door. There is a discount coupon available for the festival from participating Hardee’s restaurants.
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