Man who loved bluegrass music remembered at festival

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 10:37 PM CDT
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BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - The Bluegrass Music Festival is happening this week in Bloomfield. The event started roughly 50 years ago in Drakesvile, Iowa. Now, 24 years later the event is taking place in Bloomfield at the Davis County Fairgrounds.

Festival Committee Member Erin Wagner says the event is one of the oldest in the state. “One of the at least that I know of one of the last festivals like this.” The event operates off of donations made. If you want to camp on the grounds or just enjoy some old mountain music you can simply walk through the gate. Wagner also says the only thing you pay for is the food you purchase.

This year would have been the 50th year for the music festival, but due to COVID-19 last year’s concerts had to be canceled.

Wagner says this is “forty-ninth take two” for this year’s event of the Bluegrass Music Festival.

While the music is once again filling the air, there is one thing missing. A man by the name of Mike Wilson, who had a fish fry held in his memory Thursday night. Cara Manson who knew Wilson for many years says, “He was loved by many he really was and we just hate the fact he is not here this year.”

Wilson’s grandson, Casey Weldon says his grandfather passed down not only his love of bluegrass music but his guitar which Casey now plays.

Weldon also spoke about the fish fry and its significance; Wilson and a friend would go fishing and bring back the catch of the day and fry it up. Eventually, Wilson brought back more to feed everyone.

Family and friends of Mike Wilson hope for one thing, “We just hope people come out and enjoy it as much as he did.”

The Blue Grass Music Festival will be happening until Sunday and there is a kid’s show Saturday.

For more information about the event, you can click this link.

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