HUNDREDS FLOCK TO JULIAN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

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By Miriam Raftery

September
21, 2008 (JULIAN) -
“We’ve
had at least 500 people here so far,” Dick Thilken, president of the Julian
Lions Club
said
of the 38th annual Julian Bluegrass Festival on Sunday afternoon, September
21st.  “Each day we’ve had six musical groups playing.” 

Besides
officially scheduled acts, players from various areas joined in for some impromptu
musical performances at California’s oldest bluegrass
festival.

“This is a jam session,” said Don Erickson, playing guitar along
with musicians from McMammals and Chandler Station, groups from Orange County
and the San Fernando Valley.   Jammers on string bass, mandolin,
banjo and tambourine filled the air with lively toe-tapping bluegrass tunes.

Visitors stopped to purchase apple pie, baked goodies, kettle corn, hotdogs
and barbecued chicken.  Vendors included Debra Krup, owner of Funky Spun,
who displayed caps and other items made from the fur of fluffy long-haired
rabbits.

“It takes six to eight hours to spin the yarn and two hours to make
the cap,” said Krup, whose spinning wheel was displayed nearby.  

Presented by the Julian Lion’s Club, a member of Lions Clubs International,
the event was co-sponsored by Taylor Guitars and Deering Banjos.  Members
of the El Cajon Heartland Lions Club were also on hand, pitching in to serve
up food and provide information to music aficionados at the event.

Dedicated to creating and fostering a spirit of understanding for humanitarian
needs through volunteerism, community involvement and international cooperation,  Lions
clubs locally help support people with vision problems, the environment, seniors,
youths and disadvantaged people.

For information on next year’s festival, visit www.julianbluegrassfestival.com

For
information on Lions Club International or to find a local club in your community,
see www.lionsclubs.org.