Music fest set for Saturday

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, June 2, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Heritage Farm Museum and Village will come alive Saturday with the sounds of Appalachian and bluegrass music, headlined by The Joe Freeman Bluegrass Band.

Saturday’s musical lineup will also include the Huntington Harmonica Club at 11:30 a.m., River Magic at 12:30 p.m. and Hickory, North Carolina’s, Secondhand Still at 1:30 p.m.

The Joe Freeman Bluegrass Band will kick things off at 10:30 a.m., then cap off the Music Festival with a 2:30 p.m. performance.

Returning for another year, Joe Freeman and band member Rick Brumfield said Heritage Farm’s atmosphere helps the group get motivated to play.

“This kind of music was played in these valleys and hollers long ago,” Freeman said during a special acoustic preview Monday.

Students from New Haven Elementary were touring Heritage Farm Monday and also got a sneak peak of what Saturday’s Music Festival will be like.

“The atmosphere makes the music sound better,” he said.

And, just like children who visit Heritage Farm, Freeman said he heard about the Wayne County attraction but never understood how amazing it was until he visited for the first time.

“I think it’s Huntington’s best-kept secret,” Freeman said.

Freeman also spoke of hearing Heritage Farm co-founder Mike Perry, who died of cancer earlier this year, sing last year with Generations Quartet, a southern gospel group.

Freeman said the Generations Quartet was “kickin’” and that they were “going to have a hard time following that.”

“Mike became a huge fan (of The Joe Freeman Bluegrass Band) and a quickly became a friend,” Freeman said.

In addition to the great music, visitors can tour several museums and attractions, including Progress, Transportation, Industry, Children’s Museum, Country Store, Artisan Center, Petting Zoo, wagon rides and Conway Cabin.

Lunch will be provided by River & Rail Bakery and available for purchase at Village Vittles. Desserts will be served in the Welcome Center’s Artisan Café.

Admission to Saturday’s Music Festival, which runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 to 12. Parking will take place at Heritage Farm, 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington.

In addition, those holding a Jewel City Jamboree JAM PACK lanyard can attend Heritage Farm’s Music Festival for free. Jewel City Jamboree is the new bluegrass music festival that is taking place Friday through Sunday at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington.

Heritage Farm season ticket holders simply need to show their passes at the gate. Season passes for individuals and families also will be available with individuals being $30 and families being $75, respectively.