By Chris Edwards
KENNARD – This weekend, The Old Mill Music Festival will celebrate its 11th year of bringing quality roots music to the area.
The annual festival kicks off Friday, Nov. 4 with music onstage from festival founders Lloyd and April Wright. Other acts slated for Friday include cult hero Country Willie Edwards; Rachel Eddy and the Vanderveer Brothers Stringband.
Saturday has even more music on-tap, with Rosebud kicking things off at 5 p.m. Master dulcimer player Stephen Seifert and the Hillsiders are also scheduled to play on the second day.
Along with the scheduled music from the stage, there are plenty of workshops and jam opportunities for festival-goers. A shaped-note singing workshop will take place, along with several focusing on dulcimer and fiddle playing techniques.
Randall McKinnon will serve as the emcee for the festival.
The Old Mill Fest organizers promise that the old sawmill location “is the perfect backdrop for some good family fun.”
Food will be available for purchase all weekend, with food trucks on-site.
The cost for the event (cash or check only) is: Friday $30 and $40 for Saturday. Festival-goers who are 16 and under get in free, and there is a $10 per day discount for military veterans. Attendees can also tent-camp on site for $10 each day.
The Old Mill Fest is located off of Highway 7 near Kennard. Look for the sign just west of Kennard.