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The 2013 Ola Belle Reed Homecoming Festival, will be held at the Lansing Creeper Trail Park August 9-11.

Now in its eighth year, the traditional mountain music festival honors the life and legacy of Ola Belle Reed Lansing, N.C.’s, most famous citizen — and features Old Timey, Bluegrass, and Americana music. Last year was the festival’s biggest year yet.

Returning from last year are The Harris Brothers, Big Country Bluegrass, Elkville String Band with Wayne Henderson, and The Sheets Family Band.

New bands scheduled include The Tillers, The Lizzy Ross Band, Wandering Woods, The Mountain Laurels, Dakota and Will, Spain Valley Mountain Clan, and Carolina Crossing Bluegrass.

Festival events are scheduled 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9th, and noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10th. Pickers, jammers and music lovers are encouraged to join the “pick and picnic” on Sunday, Aug. 11 under the purple tent — all skill levels are welcome. Bring chairs and wraps for possible chilly evenings.

The Sheets Family Band will be present two workshops: Old Time Dance and Mountain Harmony. Judy Marti is returning to present the Clawhammer Banjo Workshop for the eighth year.

The Festival takes place in Lansing Creeper Trail Park. Located behind the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department, the park offers a shady, creek-side venue for festival guests, with swings for children, a walking trail, primitive tent camping and pedestrian access to downtown Lansing.

Admission is by donation. The festival is a fundraiser for Greater Lansing Area Development (GLAD) a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, whose on-going projects include the Ola Belle Reed Music Festival, Lansing Tech Community Learning Center and Lansing Creeper Trail Park.

GLAD is committed to improving and promoting the town of Lansing — the uncut jewel of southern Appalachia — and works closely with the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Lansing.

Ashe County native Cindy Baucom will serve as emcee and co-director for the Ola Belle Reed Festival. Cindy’s “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass” is broadcast in almost 100 markets each week. She was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame last year.

Festival Co-director Mack Powers is pleased to be part of the Festival team this year. “It’s a great opportunity each year to highlight Ola Belle Reed, a local musician who brought international attention to Old Timey and Bluegrass music, and to Ashe County, where she lived as a child,” Powers said.

“We have a great line up of talented musicians this year, and have the perfect setting in Lansing for everyone to have a relaxing weekend,” he said. “This year, Charlie Welch and Wayne Henderson will offer a tribute to the late Doc Watson at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.”

Local arts and crafts vendors interested in the festival should call 336-384-4000 for more information. The Lansing Volunteer Fire Department will be selling barbecue chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more.

For more information, visit www.olabellefest.com, call 336-384-4000 or email lansing28643@gmail.com.

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