Schedule for the festival is as follows:
Friday, Aug. 11
5 p.m. Phipps Store Pickers
6 p.m. The Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band
7 p.m. Backporch Bluegrass
8 p.m. The Harris Brothers
Saturday, Aug. 11
11:30 a.m. Cindy Baucom and Chris Brooks
Noon: The Sheets Family Band
1 p.m. The Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band
2 p.m. Wayne Henderson and Charles Welch with a tribute to Doc Watson
3 p.m. Big Country Bluegrass Band
4 p.m. Elkville String Band with Wayne Henderson
5:15 p.m. Jason Harrod Band
6:30 p.m. Time Sawyer
7:45 p.m. Open jam with Jason Harrod
Workshops will be held on Saturday: 12:30 p.m. Judy Marti with clawhammer banjo; 1:30 p.m. The Sheets Family Band with old time harmony; 2:30 p.m. Jason Harrod with songwriting and guitar; and 3:30 p.m. The Sheets Family Band with mountain dance.
Pickers, jammers and music lovers are encouraged to picnic and play on Sunday under the purple tent beginning at 1 p.m. Hosted by Phipps Store Pickers. Bring your instruments and join in.
Lansing Creeper Trail Park is located behind the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department and will offer much needed shade for festival guests, swings for children, walking trail, primitive tent camping, Big Horse Creek for wading, and pedestrian access to downtown Lansing shopping and eating.
Lansing Volunteer Fire Department will be selling barbeque chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more, and there will be craft vendors.
Ashe County native Cindy Baucom will serve as emcee for the festival.
Cindy's "Knee-Deep in Bluegrass" is broadcast in almost 100 markets each week. Earlier this year she was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.
Cindy credits her early love for bluegrass to her father, Jim Brooks, who played banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin and built stringed instruments. As a teenager she performed in a band with her dad and went on to work in other regional bands, singing and playing bass and guitar.
Cindy's enthusiasm for the festival is rooted in her love of mountain music, Ashe County and an early association with Ola Belle Reed.
“I always love coming back to Ashe County, especially to the Lansing area where my father was raised,” Cindy said. “And to participate in an event dedicated to the music of Ola Belle Reed, with whom my father played and I met as a child, is truly an honor.”
Festival hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; and 1 p.m. until on Sunday, Aug. 12.
Suggested donation for admission to the festival is $3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday. The festival is a fundraiser for Greater Lansing Area Development 501 (c) 3 non-profit, whose projects include Lansing Tech Community Learning Center, Lansing Creeper Trail Park, and the promotions of the Greater Lansing Area.
For more information, visit the website www.olabellefest.com, call 336-977-1320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.