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Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, June 11-18, 2016


Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, Bean Blossom, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

On June 11-18, 2016, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will celebrate a milestone—50 years of being the oldest, continuous running bluegrass festival in the world.

Taking place at the beautiful Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Brown County, this prime music event will feature eight straight days of some of the best in bluegrass.

With over 70 bands scheduled to perform, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will showcase top name bluegrass musicians, as well as pay tribute to trailblazer and music legend, Bill Monroe.

To honor “the father of bluegrass” and his contribution to the music genre, Bill Monroe’s Music Park, home to the festival, also is receiving a state historical marker this June.

Known as the “Mecca of Bluegrass,” the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will include over ten hours of entertainment each day, with ongoing music from sun up to sun down. Not only will the festival feature performances by bluegrass greats, this family-friendly event also will include daily music and instrument workshops.

A stellar line up of performers are slated to take the music park’s three outdoor stages this year, including the Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore and the IIIrd Tyme Out, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Dailey and Vincent, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Blue Highway, and Larry Sparks and Lonesome Ramblers just to name a few! A complete schedule of performers is available online at

Tickets for the festival range from $20 – $35 for daily passes, $75 in advance for three-day combo tickets (Thursday-Saturday) or $90 at the gate, and $165 in advance for all eight days or $230 at the gate.

Each ticket includes admission to the festival, its workshops, and to the Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin. Advance tickets may be purchased online at

Onsite cabins and camping are available as well. Be treated to some world-class entertainment, while enjoying Brown County’s natural beauty during an overnight stay at the one-of-a-kind Bill Monroe Campground. Call 800-414-4677 for campsite reservations.

Experience the Mecca of Bluegrass and help celebrate a milestone at the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Get ready for eight days of blarin’ bluegrass and festival fun, June 11-18 in Brown County!

For more information on the festival, please visit or call 800-414-4677.

DNR Camping Discounts at Boat Sport & Travel Show

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Spring Mill State Park.

Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Christie Sorrells
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Visitors to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show can receive a promo code for 15 percent off camping reservations at Indiana State Parks during weeknights in May 2015 (such as Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County, pictured above).

The promo code will be made available only at the DNR booth at the Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 20 through March 1, 2015.

The discount applies to all State Parks campgrounds and DNR Division of Forestry campgrounds at Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan State Forest and Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area. The offer is not valid on walk-ins. Weeknights are Sundays through Wednesdays.

Reservations can be booked at or by calling (866) 622-6746. Reservations must be booked and used by May 20, 2015.

Visitors to the show also can buy 2015 fishing and hunting licenses and other permits; camping gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 denominations; and other DNR offerings. Visitors can also pick up the 2015 DNR Recreation Guide and 2015 DNR Fishing Guide for free.

Camp Little Red Door at Bradford Woods

February 13, 2014 Leave a comment
Little Red Door Cancer Agency

Little Red Door Cancer Agency logo.
Image provided by the agency and used with written permission.

By Zina Kumok
Little Red Door Cancer Agency

The Little Red Door Cancer Agency is hosting Camp Little Red Door, a five-day summer camp for children with cancer. The camp will be held July 27 to Aug. 1, 2014, at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana. The registration deadline is June 13, 2014.

Any child 8-18 years old with cancer or in remission living in Indiana is eligible to attend. One sibling/friend per patient is welcome to attend, if space allows. The camp is Indiana’s oldest camp for children with cancer.

The camp will include swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, camp fires, arts and crafts and more! An experienced medical staff will be onsite 24 hours a day. The Robert T. Grand Leadership Academy, open to previous campers at least 16 years-old, will be held July 25-27, 2014.

The cost is $25 per camper and $50 per sibling/friend. Financial assistance is available. You can download the application at or call 317-925-5595. The agency is located at 1801 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Established in 1945, Little Red Door Cancer Agency works to reduce the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved residents of central Indiana by providing free client services, cancer screenings and education.  For more information, visit

Bean Blossom Blues Fest in Brown County, Aug. 22-24

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Bean Blossom, Indiana

Bean Blossom, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

The 15th annual Bean Blossom Blues Fest gets underway today and continues through Saturday at the Bill Monroe Memorial Park and Campground in Brown County, Indiana.

It’s a three-day festival with live music, an outdoor cook-off, camping and campfire jams, seminars, a harmonica contest, and more. This year’s headliners include Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling, and Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater.

The festival is scheduled for Aug. 22-24, 2013, with hours and activities varying daily. For more information, visit, or call 317-851-8795.

KOA Campground Now Open in Batesville

By Mike Gast
Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

KOA Logo

KOA logo provided by Kampgrounds of America, Inc. and used with written permission.

The Batesville KOA Campground, located at 7234 East State Road 46 in southeastern Indiana, is now open and welcoming campers for the 2013 summer camping season. It’s one of nine KOA locations in Indiana and one of 487 open-to-the-public KOA campgrounds now in the Kampgrounds of America system in the United States and Canada.

“We’ve now been helping campers have fun for more than 51 years,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “We pride ourselves on having KOAs for every type of camping, and being where we know people want to go. Campers in this area are fortunate to have such a great KOA right at their doorstep. They are part of the KOA family, so I know they’ll take great care of their guests.”

To celebrate 51 years of serving campers, KOA has partnered with Keystone RV Company for the 2013 Great KOA Giveaway. Campers will have a chance to win a $40,000 Keystone Cougar recreational vehicle, as well as a decade of free KOA camping. There will also be great weekly prizes from KOA, Cabela’s and Weber Grills. To enter, go to or find Kampgrounds of America, Inc. or Keystone RV on Facebook.

“A lot of campers are discovering that they have a great KOA very close to home,” Hittmeier said. “There is just no better way to share quality time with your family and friends.”

All campers are reminded that they can pick up a new 2013 Edition of the KOA Directory absolutely free at any KOA campground. The Directory is a complete travel atlas of every state and Canadian province, and includes descriptive listings of each KOA campground as well as detailed maps and directions to each location.

For more information on the Batesville KOA Campground, or to make your reservations, call the campground at 812-934-5496 or go to

Kampgrounds of America, founded on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962, is the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds.