Bluegrass music developed out of the mountain music that appealed to rural Appalachia communities, which often included barn dances featuring square dancing. There's a square dance group in Brooksville featuring a skilled professional caller who teaches beginners many of the moves and patterns belonging to this tradition. It's good fun and it gets people moving, as well as introducing strangers to each other.
Larry Gillis has long been known in his home state of Georgia as well as in Florida for his hard driving bluegrass music. Lesser known is his singing and playing country music, which was on display on Wednesday evening, with his wife Christy on bass, JR Davis on drums, Ernie Evans on telecaster electric and a pedal steel player to create a real country sound.
During the day, Wednesday activities included Bingo in the morning and the Corn Hole tournament in the afternoon, while people spent some time preparing their favorite dishes fro the always popular Pot Luck Supper, for which the festival provides meat and drink, while campers prepare their favorite side dishes and deserts. It's always a treat for festival goers to get together to eat and greet. The evening concluded with Greg Bird's Karaoke and an open mic, where jammers can perform for the rest of the group on a stage with a microphone. Over the years, many performing bands have arisen from the jams in the field while jamming remains a major activity at bluegrass festivals.
Chris Paganoni, along with his band-mate John Apfelthaler, presented a well attended guitar workshop emphasizing guitar skills with a demonstration of Travis style guitar, too. Workshops are an important way at festivals for pickers and jammers to improve their knowledge of their instrument and to develop new skills for further practice.
Roughly three times as many car collectors brought their prize possessions to the Classic grounds for the crowd to appreciate. America has been a country in love with its vehicles. I've selected pictures of several cars that happened to be there, all of which are meaningful to me, even though I only ever owned one of them. Maybe you have your favorites, too.
The ceremony opened with the presentation of the colors and the singing of the National Anthem accompanied by a solo banjo, which followed by asking veterans of each branch of the military to stand as the banjo player sent out their service hymn. It was followed by a brief appreciation of the men and women who provide emergency services locally as well as serving our country around the world in places of danger, delivered by a local high school senior. Finally, the local director of emergency services accepted the recognition with genuine thanks. It was a simple, yet moving few minutes which set a reverent, patriotic tone.