WESTFIELD — For the 15th year, Alden and Arnold Nunn are hosting a bluegrass festival on their family’s former tobacco field, using the land as a way of sharing traditional tunes of the area with others.
One of the additions that returning visitors to the Nunn Brothers annual bluegrass festival this week will find is a bridge built over the creek to provide access to a 2- to 2.5-acre field on the other side of the waterway for additional camping.
“It’s real pretty once you get over there,” said Arnold Nunn of the new camping area. “It is really helping the look of the music park.”
Camping during the bluegrass festival, which is Thursday through Sunday, is primitive, with no power or camp hook-ups available.
As in past years the event will kick off Thursday at 7 p.m. with a free jam session that will last until the music stops.
On Friday at 7 p.m. the music on stage, built in the shadow of a tobacco barn, will include Blu-Vue Bluegrass Band and Nunn Brothers & Friends. Saturday’s entertainment will kick off at 5 p.m. and will feature Johnny & Jeanette Williams and Friends, who will be playing for the first time at the Nunn Brothers’ festival; Mickey Galyean & Cullens Bridge; Buck Stankle Boys; and Nunn Brothers & Friends.
On Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., there will be free gospel singing and preaching, and music by Nunn Brothers & Friends to close out the festival weekend.
“We usually have a pretty good crowd,” Arnold said. “I figure 800 to 1,000 came last year through the whole weekend, but we’ve had up to 1,500 down there or more.”
Welcome Baptist Church handles the food concessions, and Albion Baptist Church youth group sells drinks.
“Thank you to the churches for doing the food and drinks. They take in all that, there’s no way I could do that, too,” Arnold said.
This year’s festival has more sponsors than in years past with about 18 area businesses helping make the event possible. “We got a few more sponsors, and we want to thank them so much,” he said.
In preparing for the festival, Arnold said the rain has slowed the set-up, but “Thursday and Friday are supposed to be pretty, and maybe Saturday, too.”
In addition to the music festival, this year’s event will feature a horse ride organized by Dean Martin and Randy Nunn.
Arnold said it will be a family-friendly weekend. “All horse riders are welcome that want to come, but we’ve got to keep a pretty tame crowd. We want good, clean fun.”
The ride will start at the music park leaving at 9 a.m. Saturday for a 14-mile round trip.
Camping with the horses will be in the new camping area away from the music and the crowds of people, Arnold said.
Entrance to the festival, while free Thursday and Sunday, will cost $9 Friday and $10 Saturday, with a two-day pass for $18. The price includes camping. Those camping with horses will cost $10, or $20 for two nights, which includes admission to the concerts. Children younger than 10 will be admitted free.
Those attending should bring a lawn chair, umbrellas and jackets. No alcohol is allowed.
The Nunn Brothers Music Park is at 354 Woodville Road, Mount Airy. For more information and directions visit www.nunnbrothers.com.