Bluegrass bands come to Bradford

For the Daily Call

BRADFORD — The Bradford Public Library is sponsoring its 18th Bluegrass Music Festival from 5:30-11 p.m. on Friday, June 23. The event is free.

There will be six bands performing in this order: Rum River Blend, Showtime Grass, North & South, Sugargrove, Berachah Valley, and Rock Island Plow Company. All the groups play the local festivals and events. Several of the groups’ members have appeared on national music lists for performances or songwriting. They will have CD’s available to purchase.

This year’s event will be a tribute to Carol Coy, the founder of the Bluegrass Festival. Coy was a staff librarian at Bradford Public Library for over 20 years. In addition, hers granddaughter, Morgan Coy Ingram, will be the emcee, along with her husband.

A raffle will be held at the festival for a variety of items with more to come that have been donated by local businesses. These businesses, organizations and individuals have donated for this cause to help with the expense of putting on the program so that it is free for all who attend. Stop in at the library and get your tickets at $1 each or six for $5. Tickets also will be available the evening of the show and the drawing will be held toward the end of the program.

The Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Bradford School’s Auditeria, located at 750 Railroad Ave. Parking is available in the rear of the school off of Children’s Home-Bradford Road. The doors will open for early seating at 4:45 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., there will be a special celebration of America’s veterans. All veterans of any armed forces are invited to attend. In addition, we are also including those who are serving or have provided service in area fire departments, rescue squads and police departments.

Food will be available to purchase, sponsored by the Bradford Historical Society. For further information, contact the library staff at 570-1733.

For the Daily Call