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Wayne Taylor's Homecoming Bluegrass Festival

Don Rigsby and Midnight CallWe contacted Wayne about his outstanding Wayne Taylor's Homecoming Bluegrass Festival to acquire more information for our readers. Wayne took time out of his busy schedule and tells us this about this exciting event, its beginnings and what it has to offer. The 3rd Annual Wayne Taylor's Homecoming Bluegrass Festival for 2013 will be held November 9, 2013 - 10:00 AM till 11:00 PM at the Maiden High School Auditorium, 600 West Main St. in Maiden, NC. Featured bluegrass music bands this year will include Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Kevin Richardson and Cuttin Edge, Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, Cockman Family, Moore Brothers, and Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa

Wayne says, "I started the festival three years ago to introduce my home town of Maiden to bluegrass music. Growing up I seldom heard bluegrass on the radio, except for an occasional Osborne Brother's tune on Channel X out of Hickory, NC. I didn't totally understand it, until I went to my first festival in Spruce Pine, NC and heard Lester Flatt, Mac Wiseman and Marty Stuart. The feeling I got from being there, listening and learning about bluegrass on the weekend made me want to share it with others. That's why I have always wanted to start a festival.

I think a bluegrass festival is one of the best kept secrets in entertainment.

"I held the first festival outdoors at the Maiden community center. It was in July and the weather was in the mid nineties. The heat kept the majority of people indoors. After talking with my old friend and Maiden's football coach Butch Parker, he suggested getting the Varsity Blue Football Club involved by doing concessions. All proceeds from concessions go to Varsity Blue, which is a group of young athletes that work toward building a better community and reaching out to those in need. We decided to hold the festival at the Maiden High School Auditorium, and moved it to November during Veteran's Day Weekend. We doubled the crowd and had a more comfortable environment.

Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.
-Bill Monroe

"This being our third year I am hoping to at least double the audience again, by bringing in some very popular bands and doing more advertising. I was able to get a 20 'x 6' banner made to hang across main street in town. I was fortunate to get more people involved by selling tickets, distributing flyers, I set up a booth at the IBMA convention, radio ads, facebook and internet ads, and I have three radio interviews scheduled for next week.

"I was very fortunate to increase the festival sponsorship. This year we have 23 sponsors for the festival. I am trying to keep the admission fee low 20. advance and 25. at the door (children under 12 FREE) to help bring people in so they can experience what I did at Spruce Pine in 1972. I think a bluegrass festival is one of the best kept secrets in entertainment.

"Each year we try to have prizes from local businesses and sponsors that we can give away. Last year we had some good prizes, but this year we will have some incredible give-a-ways. We have high quality furniture, chairs, a loveseat,and we are raffling off a $1,300 Eastman Mandolin.

There is plenty of RV parking, but no hook ups. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, children under 12 FREE. Tickets are available at Rose Mill Antiques, Main St. Maiden, NC, by calling 828-428-0005 or online at www.WayneTaylorAndAppaloosa.com 410-903-6713. There are plenty of high quality prizes to be given away, including the raffling of a $1300.00 Eastman Mandolin.

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