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Mansfield ready for sixth annual Village Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Tourists flock to Mansfield Village and Parke County festivals because they are seeking a taste of the Midwest.

"Nowadays people really look forward to going to a country setting," said Pat McCarter, festivals promoter.

On June 4 and 5 Mansfield will host its sixth annual Village Bluegrass Festival and Arts & Crafts. The festival will bring such artists as Steve Kaufman, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage to Parke County. Guitar workshops, various foods and the sights of Mansfield will also be available for festival-goers.

"It's a neat place to visit," McCarter said.

The bluegrass festival was conceived over six years ago when a group of people from Mansfield decided their village would be a great place for another festival. Throughout the year, Mansfield hosts eight different festivals, while Parke County hosts 80 festivals, she said.

McCarter could not estimate the possible attendance of the festival because "it has changed so much."

Because the concert kicks off the Hi-99 Outdoor Summer Concert Series, the numbers will most likely increase. This is the second year Hi-99 has helped with the festival, she said.

"The entertainment has become so much better. This year is going to be awesome," McCarter said. "The music is definitely the big thing, but when you mix everything together it makes for a great weekend."

Reserved tickets are $15 daily or $22 for the weekend pass including assigned seats and provided chairs. General admission tickets will be available the day of the show, but concert attendees are asked to bring their own chairs for lawn seating. All tickets are on sale at the Hilltop Farm Box Office or by calling (812) 824-6639. Camping, motels and bed and breakfasts are available for resting.

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