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2013 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award

Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
Wins the 2013 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award
 
Indianapolis, IN (September 30, 2013) – The Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground is proud to announce the 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is the recipient of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Event of the Year Award. The
winners of this year’s IBMA awards were announced last week during the
association’s World of Bluegrass held in Raleigh, NC. Park owner and
festival producer, Dwight Dillman said, “I just want to say that I
appreciate all of you for supporting Bean Blossom. Thanks to all the
staff, the festival goers, the bands, sponsors and IBMA. See you next
year!”
 
The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is now established as the oldest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world. Throughout
the years, the festival has received other honors including: recipient
of the 2000 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award; recognized as a
Local Legacy for the State of Indiana by the Library of Congress in May
2001 and becoming a permanent display; featured last year in USA Today’s
“10 Great Places To Go To Bluegrass Festivals”; and more.
 
The 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival was held last June and sponsored by Dillman Furniture and Hope River Entertainment.
The annual 8-day event included over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth
Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions,
camping, food, vendors, and so much more. 
 
The 48th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom
Bluegrass Festival will take place June 12-21, 2014. Next year the park
will also host: the 2nd Annual Simply Mushroom-Morel Festival April
18-21; the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival May 29-31; the 5th
Annual Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee July 10-12; the 16th Annual
Bean Blossom Gospel Jubilee July 24-26; the 16th Annual Bean Blossom
Blues Festival August 21-23; the Quafftober Fest September 19-20; the
40th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival
September 24-27; and the 8th Cedar Rock Haunted Trail every weekend in
October 2014.
 
More on Bean Blossom
While performing on the road in October 1951, Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe traveled to a small town in Indiana called Bean Blossom
to perform at the Brown County Jamboree. He immediately fell in love
with the area and in December 1951 decided to purchase the property
making it his home away from home.
 
In June, 1967, at the insistence of
promoter Carlton Haney, Bill Monroe held his first two-day bluegrass
festival, which he called a Blue Grass Celebration, at Bean Blossom. He
brought his musician friends together to play the high lonesome sound he
had pioneered. This first festival was held in the Brown County
Jamboree Barn and was so well attended that Bill decided to have it
annually and to build an outdoor stage to accommodate a bigger audience.
In June of 1968, people from all over the country came to hear the
Father of Bluegrass and his legendary Blue Grass Boys perform, as well
as other top name bluegrass artists and Grand Ole Opry stars. The
artists performed on a newly-constructed stage that sat at the bottom of
a wooded amphitheater surrounded by loyal bluegrass fans. Festival
patrons gathered in the fields, in the woods, at campsites, just about
anywhere they felt like, so they could pick and sing the music they
loved so much.
 
Over the years the festival has grown and
the grounds have been improved. The sounds of bluegrass still echo
through the hills and trees, with the spirit of Bill Monroe. Despite his
death in 1996, the history and tradition at Bean Blossom continues.

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