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9th Annual Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival is September 23-25.


The 2016 Union County Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival will run from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25. The event will be held again this year at the Pottersburg Bridge, 17141 Inskeep-Cratty Road, North Lewisburg. General admission is $5 and includes both Saturday and Sunday. Children under 12 are admitted for free. There will be tons of great music, food, and history.

When Joe and I attended Mechanicsburg Junior High School, one of our super history teachers was Mr. Bill Purk. Mr. Purk is also a wonderful musician who performed at my and Joe’s wedding reception. Mr. Purk and The Muleskinner Band will be playing at the Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival on Friday for the Sunset dinner on the bridge. This is a popular event and you must make reservations. Call 937-642-6279 to reserve as seating is limited.

You can also have breakfast on the bridge on Saturday from 9 am to 10:30 am.

Mr. Purk and The Muleskinner Band will also be playing on Sunday, September 25 from noon until 1 pm. And have you ever wondered exactly what a muleskinner is? Mr. Purk always had mules on his farm and, with his love of history and of this intelligent animal, he chose the name for the band. A muleskinner is a mule driver who was able to keep a team of mules moving. Since mules are known to be very smart, a “skinner” was someone who could outsmart the mules. Skinner came from the slang term “skin” meaning outsmart. Mr. Purk has been known in his life to outsmart a lot of mules and students.

For a full musical line up, go HERE.

There will be a special Saturday evening picnic from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring music by Sugar Creek Bluegrass. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling Tina Knotts, Chamber and Tourism Director, at the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 937-642-6279 or by emailing: tknotts@unioncounty.org.

On Sunday, the Ohio Village Muffins Baseball Team will hold an exhibition game at noon.

This is the ninth year for this festival and it only continues to get better and better!

For a full schedule of events for the festival, go HERE.

To find out more, visit the web site HERE.

To LIKE the event on Facebook and see photos from previous festivals, go HERE.


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