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Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival Has New Location

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Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass FestivalAlong with the coordinating efforts of the Moultrie Douglas County Fair Board, Arthur Park Board, the bluegrass/gospel band, Mackville, a new location for the Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival has been decided. The festival will take place at the Moultrie Douglas County Fairgrounds in Arthur, Illinois at 301 E. Columbia Street, Arthur, Illinois, behind the high school. The festival will be held in the Merchants Building.

The festival will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from noon to 9:00 pm. Scheduled to perform are Larry Sparks from Indiana, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome from Virginia, The Spinney Brothers from Nova Scotia, Canada, Mackville from Atwood, Illinois, and Black Ridge Road from Champaign, Illinois. The combination of talent from award winning nationally known groups to local entertainment is sure to please all attendees. All the bands will perform a mixture of traditional and bluegrass/gospel music.

The Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival started in 2013 to honor a local bluegrass musician, Chet Kingery, who passed away in 1998. He and his band, Chet Kingery and the Knights of Bluegrass were based out of Arthur, Illinois and played many venues in the bluegrass circuit over the years. The festival was held at Rockome Gardens, Arcola, Illinois in 2013 and 2014.

The Moultrie Douglas County Fair Board will host this festival and will be selling tickets as well as running concessions, and Mackville will be the host band, coordinating the bands and general operations. Cost of admission for all day will be $15 for adults and $6 for children under 12. This will be a family friendly event.

More information about the Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival can be found at Mackville’s website, or by calling Mackville at 217-578-3868 or Terry Schlabach at 217-460-1439.

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