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A good afternoon for pickin’ at Festival of the Bluegrass

Natalie Hall of Orlando, Fla., plays in a mid-afternoon jam session with some family and friends in the camp ground at the Festival of the Bluegrass. The 43rd annual Festival of the Bluegrass is June 9-12 at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, in Lexington, Ky. This photo was taken June 10.
Natalie Hall of Orlando, Fla., plays in a mid-afternoon jam session with some family and friends in the camp ground at the Festival of the Bluegrass. The 43rd annual Festival of the Bluegrass is June 9-12 at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, in Lexington, Ky. This photo was taken June 10. rcopley@herald-leader.com

True Life Travelers bassist Charlie Leet sang, “A bad day of fishin’ beats a good day of anything else,” Friday afternoon in the tent stage at the Festival of the Bluegrass. When the song was over, guitarist Mary Jo Leet, also Charlie’s wife, suggested he could substitute “pickin’” for “fishin’.”

Many at the 43rd annual edition of the fest would have concurred. Tom Holzen of Nashville and his family were a few yards over at their campsite, under shady trees, having a little jam session before venturing over to the main stage to see acts such as Blue Highway and Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice. The festival continues Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park campground with Town Mountain and the 23 String Band topping the bill, and there’s a Sunday morning gospel session. Visit Festivalofthebluegrass.com for more on the event and LexGo.com for further coverage, including Walter Tunis’ review of Friday’s performances.

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