Nancy Creek plays at Blairsville Bluegrass Festival
Nancy Creek Bluegrass Bank

September 18, 2010 - Blairsville Bluegrass Festival host to over 15 bands

The Blairsville Bluegrass Festival is all about the music. Over fifteen bands plus many individual musicians played during the two day event in Union County. Sam Ensley & Friends, Dirt Road Rascals, Buck & Nelson, Old Mill Road Band, Mars Hill Porch Pickers, Forgiven, Lonesome Road Bluegrass, Parker Brothers, Tucker Station String Band, Nancy Creek, Buzzard Boys, Collins Brothers, Border Hop Trio, Darlene & the Reflections of Bluegrass, John Nix, and Washtub John pleased the crowds with plenty of picking and grinning.

Blairsville Bluegrass founder Sam Ensley, better known as the Music Man, started the festival in 2006. When Ensley announced that the festival was cancelled, other local folks jumped in to keep the tradition alive. Peg Shaw (Misty Mountain Inn) and Mark Cox (the Hole in the Wall Restaurant) organized the 2010 event. Southeast Bluegrass Association (SEBA) president Charlie Robinson thanked Peg and Mark for all their dedication and hard work. There would not have been a Bluegrass Festival this year in Blairsville, Georgia without them.

There were two stages at the Bluegrass Festival including the Hole and the Wall stage and the United Community Bank stage at the Union County Civic Center. Guests were able to catch a ride on the shuttle to get from one stage to the other. On Saturday, vendors were at the festival to sell everything from boiled peanuts to scented candles.

Special thanks goes to all the bands who gave generously of their time and talent to make this event possible. Thanks also to all the sponsors and donors. Proceeds will be donated to the Union County Food Bank.


Bluegrass Festival

Blairsville Bluegrass Festival

The Blairsville Bluegrass Festival, held in Downtown Blairsville, is sponsored by the Union County Historical Society. This free event offers workshops, jam sessions, other activities, and some of the best bluegrass music in the southeast.

Music Man Sam Ensley has a great line-up of bluegrass bands and other performers scheduled throughout the three day festival. Alex Tomlinson, Barefoot Creek, Beulah Land, Bluebilly Grit, Blueridge Grass, Brushfire, Buck and Nelson, Buzzard Mountain Boys, Camp Creek Committee, Cane Creek, Collins Brothers, East Dixie Boys, Flat-Picking, Inc., Folk School Dancers, Forgiven, Highway 76, Jerry and Evelyn Hyatt, Paul and Jerry Wilson, Joey Hancock, Jot-em-down Boys, Just-Us Bluegrass Band, Mars Hill Porch Pickers, Mountain Faith, Mountain Rascals, Nancy Creek, Old Crossroads Band, Parker Brothers, Regrass, Roots and Branches, Skillet Lickers, Steel String Session, and Tucker Station are guaranteed to entertain and delight the audience.

Musicians are expected to set-up all over town for jam sessions and turns at the open mike. Visitors will enjoy listening to various styles of bluegrass music from old southern favorites to brand new compositions. On Saturday & Sunday a shuttle service will be continuously circling between the Civic Center , the Mountain Life Museum , and Hill & Hill across from the Old Courthouse. The Civil Air Patrol and the Boy Scouts will be helping out in various capacities such as parking and traffic control. They'll be in uniforms so feel free to ask for their assistance.

Bluegrass music fans say that Blairsville is the perfect spot for musicians and fans to gather. Various locations around the downtown area will be used as stages and for workshops including Blairsville's Historic Courthouse (which recently installed a new elevator), the Union County Civic Center , and the Mountain Life Museum & Heritage Center. Maps and a program will be provided to visitors during the three day festival.

Ensley first brought the SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) members to Blairsville in 2006. That festival marked the twenty-second Anniversary of SEBA and was a huge success.

The Downtown Development Authority has also been involved since the very beginning. Many people and organizations are helping to ensure that that the Festival is both safe and fun. The Union County Historical Society, the DDA, the Mayor's office, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Emergency Management Services, the North Georgia News, and several other local business owners are busy finalizing crowd management, traffic control, marketing, and advertising.

Many downtown restaurants and businesses will be open later than usual to accommodate the festival. Vendors will be set up at the Mountain Life Museum and will be selling everything from food to local arts and crafts. Don't forget your camera - and if you play a musical instrument, bring it, too! Everyone is welcome so mark your calendars!

September 12, 2007 - Bluegrass Festival Raffle

September 12, 2007 - Bluegrass Festival Raffle

Bluegrass Festival Raffle items are now on display at the Historic Union County Courthouse and include a flat-top Johnson guitar, a weekend vacation package, a $100 money tree, several nice gift baskets, gift certificates, a tool kit, and many great home and garden accessories. Tickets are only $1.00 or 6 for $5.00 - it's a chance to win a great prize with all proceeds going to two worthy organizations - the Union County Historical Society and the Southeastern Bluegrass Association. Buying a raffle ticket is the perfect way to show appreciation to the Historical Society for providing two days of free entertainment for our community.

The two non profit organizations depend on membership fees, donations, grants, and fundraisers to fund operations. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the historic Courthouse, United Community Bank, the Flower Garden, Season's Inn , and during the event at the information booth.

Raffle drawings will be held throughout the upcoming two-day SEBA Bluegrass Festival that will take place on September 21-22 in Downtown Blairsville. Buy your tickets early for a chance to win great prizes and to show support for the local Historical Society.