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Local acts part of inaugural Bluegrass on the Bluffs this weekend

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Country performer Mary Lou Baker wasn’t sure what would be involved when she agreed to help book musicians and promote the first Bluegrass on the Bluffs jamboree, April 27-28 at Big River Ranch in Lexington.

Mary Lou – now married with the new last name of Leslie – had always sung bluegrass songs along with traditional country and Gospel, but didn’t differentiate between a formal bluegrass festival and a jamboree.

Bluegrass traditionalists can be particular about those kinds of things – a full festival has a more formal structure, including some competition – but Mary Lou said her job was to recruit talent and make sure everything was in place.

“I’ve never been to a bluegrass festival, but I think we’ve got everything set up,” she said. “I think we’ve thought of about everything.”

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There’s no admission charge for the jamboree. The only charge this year is for parking, plus optional concessions. Big River Ranch is located at 20111 Goodloe Orchard Rd. in Lexington. The festival opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue through around 6 p.m. Sunday. RV hookups will be available and camping is encouraged.

In addition to live music, raffle prizes will be distributed on the hour.

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