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Celebrating our 22nd year in 2018,  the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival honors Jackson County native and beloved Grand Ole Opry star David ‘Stringbean’ Akemon

His unique stage attire, traditional claw hammer banjo style, and entertaining stage banter endeared him to fans around the world. ’The Kentucky Wonder’ was best known for his musical comedic performances on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry beginning in the 1940’s and on the television series “Hee Haw” until his tragic death in 1973. 

With a rich history and beautiful locale at Stringbean Memorial Park, the festival has hosted the biggest stars in Bluegrass including the legendary Ralph Stanley who headlined the inaugural event in 1996.  Other celebrated Bluegrass royalty brought in by festival founder Phillip Akemon include the Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent, 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, Hall of Famers Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson, and 27-time IBMA Award winning band Blue Highway.



 

David 'Stringbean' Akemon

Stringbean Memorial Statue dedicated 1996

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