Bluegrass Salute to Veterans

Page News and Courier

LURAY — A salute to local veterans is what the annual bluegrass festival held at the Luray VFW was started for and what it continues to be all about today. The festival will kick off this Thursday, Sept. 28 and feature music from various bluegrass bands, including Big County Bluegrass, Copper Canyon, and Dark Hollow. The MC for the event will be Ryan Funkhouser, who is also a member of the band Remington Ryde, who will be performing.

Old Dogs New Tricks Bluegrass will start the music off on Thursday at 1 p.m. A different group will perform every hour until 9 p.m. that night. Friday, music and festivities continue, running from 1 until 9 p.m. On Saturday, the kickoff is a little earlier with Pickin’ Daisies at noon and music continuing until 10 p.m., when the last performer takes the stage.

The event is a little different this year, as it is usually held in June, right after Memorial Day.

“There were conflicting festivals in other locations that we felt were pulling from our festival” said VFW Commander, Butch Fleharty. As a result, it was decided to move the event to this time of year because “not as many festivals are scheduled for this weekend.”

In addition to the change of dates, there are some new vendors this year. Mindi’s Sweet and Spicy Concessions, also known as, Mindi’s Soft Serve and Salsa is expected to attend, and Buddy Cave will be there with BBQ Chicken.

Money raised from the festival does stay in this county and helps support local veterans in various ways. For example, in the past the local VFW helped with the funding of a handicap-accessible fishing platform on the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway.

VFW member Bill Fisher pointed out that a major way the money raised will help is with their “outreach program for Page County veterans.” This program helps veterans in various ways depending on their unique situation, such as “helping a veteran who hurt his leg increase accessibility in his house.”

The funds will also help with offsetting the cost of operating the post. This includes allowing local non-profits or causes that support local families to use the post’s facility free of cost for fundraisers.

Bill Fisher indicated that this event is planned to continue in years to come, thanks to “a lot of support from the Page County Board of Supervisors.”

Daily admission is $25, or $55 for all three days. Veterans do receive a 10-percent discount on tickets.

For those that want to camp, three-day camping with two tickets is available for $140. To camp for two days or less is $25 and one day is $15.

The event organizers request no public display of alcohol in the concert area, and pets must be confined to the campsite or remain on a leash.

VFW Bluegrass Festival

• What: Three-day festival featuring live bands, food, camping; benefits local veterans
and related causes.
• When: Thursday, Sept. 28 - Saturday, Sept. 30
• Where: Comer-Jones VFW Post 621, 218 Veterans Lane, Luray, off US HWY 211 E
• Bands: Old Dogs New Tricks Bluegrass,
Copper Canyon, Dark Hollow, Mill Run Bluegrass, California Ramblers and more.
• Admission: Three-day camping with two tickets, $140; three-day tickets in advance, $55; daily gate, $25; daily camping for two days or less, $15 per day; 10% discount for veterans.
• Reservations/Information: Call Eddie Hilliard at (540) 742-4580 or Bill Fisher at
(703) 909-7900
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