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Like the last strum of a banjo, the sounds of the 2009 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff linger in the minds of those who attended this year's festival.
Those sounds include a return performance by the Hager's Mountain Boys, a North Carolina band that is quickly picking up fans in the heart of the Bluegrass State.
Those sounds include Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, one of the best touring acts in bluegrass music today.
And those sounds include hundreds of people from near and far cheering and applauding the performances they were treated to over the weekend.
The cheers were in direct response to what they heard, but they could have just as easily been for the Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians and the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
In 2005, Brad Lanham started working to put together an annual music festival here in Lebanon. With the help of the tourism commission, and musicians Gary "Biscuit" Davis and Kevin Moore, the first bluegrass festival was held in January of 2006.
The quality of the musicians has improved each year. The festival has attracted bluegrass fans from hundreds of miles away and provided an opportunity for the community to showcase what it has to offer.
Several bluegrass fans and musicians who attended this year's show commented on how welcomed they felt here, which is a credit to the people of Marion County.
There are too many people who have worked on the festival to name them all here, but they know who they are. Hopefully, they know how much their efforts are appreciated as well.
The bluegrass festival is a showcase of artistry and a celebration of music. It's an advertisement for the heart of Kentucky, and it's another reason to be proud of our community.
We don't know how much bigger the festival will grow, but we look forward to seeing what's to come.