Rodeheaver Boys Ranch has built a delightful small museum just across the street from the performance pavilion (needs a name). It contains historical material about Homer Rodeheaver and the Billy Sunday ministry, the ranch itself, and a pretty little cupboard taking a look at the Palatka Bluegrass Festival. This year, it also functioned as the Ranch's point of contact with attendees and the site for selling tickets for the guitar raffle as well as festival t-shirts. Next year, stop in, look around, and buy plenty of tickets on the beautiful guitar they always raffle off.
The Bluegrass Brothers have been changed with the loss of son Steven to another band, reducing family membership to only Donnie on mandolin and patriarch Victor Dowdy playing bass, singing, and acting as band emcee. This weekend, their new banjo player was ill. The Bluegrass Brothers stand as proof that a band can still move from parking lot picking to success on the bluegrass stage through perseverance, grit, and hard work. Their work is drawn from the first three generations of bluegrass, ranging from Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers to Seldom Scene and The Country Gentlemen. Chris Hart on Dobro worked hard, as he always does.