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Rhonda VincentThe first annual Bluegrass on the Plains Festival hosted by University Station RV Resort is scheduled for May 23-27, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama. In addition to their goal to support the future of bluegrass music, the event will also honor U.S. veterans and their spouses with free 5-day admission. Bluegrass on the Plains has been a "bucket list" goal of University Station RV Resort owner Mathan Holt for a long time. "Our 500 lot, full hook-up, full service facility was created for events like Bluegrass on the Plains," Holt said. "My wife Jill and I think this is the perfect setting for bluegrass music, and we can't wait to introduce the first band to you on May 23."

The line-up will include: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage; Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley & Larry Cordle; Rodney Dillard Band (as seen on The Andy Griffith Show); Little Roy & Lizzy Show; Marty Raybon; Darrell Webb Band; Gary Waldrep Band; Blue Moon Rising; Nothin' Fancy; Volume Five; Cumberland River; Kelli Johnson & Sweetwater; Heather & Shannon Slaughter & County Clare; Randy & Sherri Miller; Stacy Grubb; Cedar Rock; Eastwind; The Moron Brothers and The Bailey Mountain Cloggers. Workshops on songwriting, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and Dobro will also be hosted. Info: Jill Holt at (334) 832-8968. www.BluegrassonThePlains.com and www.UniversityStationRVPark.com

The City of Auburn Hills Parks & Recreation Department received First Place in the Integrated Marketing Campaign category from the Michigan Recreation & Park Association (MRPA) for its implementation of an inventive marketing campaign that successfully promoted The City's 2011 Bluegrass Festival. The award was presented to Auburn Hills at the MRPA annual conference held earlier this month in Dearborn. Auburn Hills' annual Parade of Stars Bluegrass Festival, one of the largest bluegrass festivals in Southeast Michigan, is traditionally held in September and often draws over 2,000 people. The event has put the City on the map as one of the nationally renowned celebrations of Bluegrass music. This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, on the grounds of Civic Center Park.

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has announced their line-up for their July 19-20 event in Oak Hill, N.Y., which includes Hot Rize, Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers, Jesse McReynolds, Del McCoury, the David Grisman Sextet, the Infamous Stringdusters, Punch Brothers, David Bromberg, Mountain Heart, the Gibson Brothers, Chris Thile & Michael Daves Duo, The SteelDrivers, Blue Highway, Noam Pikelny, Aoife O'Donovan, Tony Trischka and host band Dry Branch Fire Squad, among others. Info: www.GreyFoxBluegrass.com

The 11th Down From the Hills Heritage Music Festival and State of Mississippi Bluegrass Championships are set for May 19, 2012, at the Union County Fairgrounds in New Albany, Mississippi. Cash awards in both youth and adult will total $8,000, as well as bragging rights with the state trophy. Competitions in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and Dobro are the individual competitions. The bluegrass band competition will determine the state bluegrass band winner for 2012. Info: www.mississippifiddlers.com or 662-538-0014. Campsites with hookups are available. This event is supported by the Mississippi Arts Commission and others.

Nu-Blu, The Roys, Larry Stephenson, Jerry Butler & the Blue-Jays, The Spinney Brothers, Ernie Evans & the Florida State Bluegrass Band, Remington Ryde, Rhyme and Reason and Sweet Potato Pie are among the artists who will perform on Danny Stewart's Blu.

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