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Harvest Time Bluegrass Music Festival, Waldron
Harvest Time Bluegrass Music Festival, Waldron
    Harvest Time Bluegrass Music Festival, Waldron
Harvest Time Bluegrass Music Festival, Waldron


September 12, 2003

Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 8-11 To Bring Major Acts to Waldron

By Jim Taylor, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

WALDRON -- The sounds of traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass will be ringing through the Ouachita Mountains near Waldron as acts from seven states take the stage during the 26th annual Harvest Time Bluegrass Music Festival to be held Oct. 8-11 at the Turkey Track Bluegrass Park.

Among the scheduled bands whose work has been nationally recognized are the Marksmen, David Parmley and Continental Divide, the Whites, the Larry Stephenson Band, the Lonesome River Band, and Wildfire. Also expected to be a festival highlight is a reunion performance by members of the influential Bluegrass Cardinals, a band that produced 15 albums during its life from 1975-92.

Scheduled to perform on Oct. 8 and 9 are The Marksmen (Ga.), Williams and Clark Expedition (Tenn.), The Larkins (Tenn.), The Cherry Holmes Family (Calif.), and Flint Hill Special (Ariz.). They will be joined on Oct. 8 by the Bucket Lid Band (Ark.) and Boone Carlon's Ol' Timey Fiddling Session and on Oct. 9 by Central City Grass (Ark.). The Marksmen were named "Gospel Group of the Year" from 1993-95 by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America and have been nominated in 2003 as "Contemporary Gospel Group of the Year."

Acts set for Oct. 10 only are the Larry Stephenson Band (Tenn.), David Parmley and Continental Divide (Tenn.), and the Bluegrass Cardinal reunion. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) named Stephenson its "Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year" in 2001 and nominated the band in 2002 as "Vocal Group of the Year." Continental Divide was nominated as "Bluegrass Band of the Year" by the society in 2001.

Performing on Oct. 10 and 11 will be The Boys from Kentucky (Ky.), Louisiana Grass (La.) and a group composed of Eddy Sanders, Tim Crouch, Billy Joe Foster and Tim McAfee (Okla.).

Set to take the stage on Oct. 11 only are three Tennessee acts, the Lonesome River Band, Grand Ol' Opry members The Whites, and Wildfire. SPBGMA named the Lonesome River Band's recording "Am I a Fool" as "Song of the Year" in 2000 and in 2001 honored the group as "Bluegrass Band of the Year." The International Bluegrass Music Association picked the group's album "Carrying the Tradition" as "Album of the Year" in 1991. Wildfire is a 2003 SPBGMA nominee as "Emerging Group of the Year."

Festival admission is $6 on Oct. 8 and $12 daily Oct. 9-11. A pass good for admission all four days is $40. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free with parent. Food concessions will be available. Performance sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9-10; and at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. Guest bands are welcome to perform at the 10 a.m. session on Oct. 11.

The 80-acre park has hook-ups for recreational vehicles with sites available beginning Sept. 20. Hook-ups are $8 per day. Camping without hook-ups is $3 per day. The park also offers hot showers, restrooms and sanitary dump stations.

Waldron is located about 45 miles southeast of Fort Smith via U.S. 71 and 71-B and about 80 miles northwest of Hot Springs via U.S. 270 and 71-B. To reach the Turkey Track park from Waldron, travel three miles south on U.S. 71-B, then turn onto Ark. 250 and travel eight miles.

For more festival information, contact promoters Bill, Linda and Dusty Lovett at (479) 637-3717 or e-mail For information on lodging, restaurants and other services in the Waldron area, visit, or phone the Waldron Area Chamber of Commerce at (479) 637-2775.



Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, (501) 682-7606

May be used without permission. Credit line is appreciated:
"Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism"




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