Festival #16:  March 13-15, 1992

AUBURNDALE STAR - Thursday, March 19, 1992

Over 30,000 visit the Bluegrass Festival

By Bill Chestnut

Carl Allen did it again... he put on a show that Auburndale will not forget for many years to come. This was the 16th Annual Bluegrass Festival and bluegrass lovers from around the country converged on the city to fill up the city park.
There were people from Canada, China, Australia, and Germany in attendance. These people come to Auburndale to hear some good ole foot stompin' music. This is a place where people can relax and enjoy themselves.
Many people climbed up on the stage to do a little clogging as the bands played some of their down home country music.
Clear skies prevailed throughout the weekend for the outdoor festival. Festival goers had their choice of foods including barbecue, hotdogs, sandwiches, and ice cream. There were people on hand selling souvenirs, jewelry, leather crafts, t-shirts and many other goods.
Bluegrass bands took turns playing underneath the town's gazebo while fans sat on lawn chairs they brought from home undeneath a huge yellow, blue and white tent. Others spilled out into the grassy park.
The Bluegrass Festival was started 16 years ago by Carl All!en, owner of Allen's Historical Cafe in Auburndale, where bluegrass music is heard every Thursday night.
The bands that made up this great weekend festival were the Poley Creek Bluegrass, Rambling Rose, Kentucky Sleepy Hollow, Flatland Bluegrass, Dizzy Rambler Band, The Backyard Bluegrass, Canada Brothers, Lost River, Deep South, The Prospectors, Oak Grove, Valley Bluegrass Boys, Southlan Trio and Brothers of Faith, Daddy Max and the Leider Brothers and the South Ocean String Band.
Others that appeared were were the Bull Creek Band, Cedar Grove, Strings of Yesteryear, White Sands Panhandle, and Joey Foley and Friends.

A Special Feeling
By Chris Frazier

The annual Bluegrass Festival was held this past weekend here in Auburndale. You may have noticed what appeared to be hundreds of RV's parked downtown and people everywhere in cowboy boots and hats.
The music filled the air as well as the smell of Elephant Ears, Waffle Cones and Spicy Fries.
People from all over the country gathered to hear countless performers and there were impromptu jam sessions all over the grounds. Guitars, fiddles, banjos and voices shared a common feeling between people who have never seen each other before.
The event which has been a tradition here for years, is attended by many locals as well as travelers from as far away as Wyoming.
No major problems were reported this year and everyone seemed to enjoy the music. The place was packed and brings business to the local economy as well.
We welcome the festival each year and hope residents will stop by and enjoy the music and festivities next year.
There truly is a special feeling in the air at this event and. music seems to make people smile so freely.
Thanks goes out to the City of Auburndale for hosting this event and we look forward to next year. Get those lawn chairs ready.
There were people from all walks of life watching and enjoying one of the best Bluegrass Festivals in the state.
Carl Allen, promoter of the event, says this is the largest Bluegrass Festival in the state of Florida, and we believe him.

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