Ola Belle Reed Fest returns to Lansing

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jul. 16 | Modified: Jul. 16
Ola Belle Reed Fest returns to Lansing

Bluegrass and old-time music returns to Lansing Aug. 8 and 9 for the annual Ola Belle Reed Festival.

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The soothing and eclectic sounds of bluegrass and old-time music will once again highlight the Ola Belle Reed Festival in Lansing Aug. 8 to 9.

The festival starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, before ending for the evening at 11 p.m. On Saturday, the festival recommences at noon and runs until 11 p.m.

Bluegrass music luminaries Jerry McCoury, Bobby Hicks and Terry Baucom will perform on stage together for the first time during the festival. Friends, including Ola Belle Reed’s son, David Reed, along with Eric Hardin of the Troubadors, will join them. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

Emceeing this year’s sampling of traditional mountain music is Ashe County native and nationally syndicated producer Cindy Baucom.

“I always love coming back to Ashe County, especially to the Lansing area, where my father was raised,” Baucom said in an earlier interview. “To participate in an event dedicated to the music of Ola Belle Reed, with whom my father played and met as a child, is truly an honor.”

Reed is a legendary country singer who was recognized by the Smithsonian and the National Endowment of the Arts. The festival celebrates the life and music of Reed, whose life began in Ashe County.

The festival serves as a fundraiser for Greater Lansing Area Development, a nonprofit organization whose projects include the Lansing Tech Community Center, the Creeper Trail Park and other promotions in the greater area, according to information from Beth Daughtry, who has worked closely with the festival in previous years.

While the core values of the festival and its mission have remained largely unchanged, a recent change in venue has reincorporated downtown Lansing.

Prior to relocating to the Creeper Trail Park, the festival traced its roots a short distance up the road to the old American Legion Baseball Field adjacent to the old schoolhouse.

But a grant from the North Carolina Rural Center enabled the town and GLAD to build a performance stage in the park, and the decision to move the festival to the cooler and better shaded confines seemed like a natural one, Daughtry said.

Two-day tickets cost $15. Friday tickets are $5 each, and Saturday tickets are $15 per person.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.olabellefest.com or call (336) 384-3938.

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