MOUNT VERNON – The 2013 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival will be held in the streets of downtown Mount Vernon August 8th – 11th, marking the 26th year for the event. The Festival’s mission is to “Celebrate the Legacy” of Dan Emmett. This homegrown musician, composer, and founder of minstrelsy tradition is known world-wide as the author of “Dixie.” Dan Emmett’s life and career is honored through a varied format of performing and creative artists on four stages and all along South Main Street for the enjoyment of Festival goers of all ages.
The Festival will open on Thursday with the 4-day Crafts & Trades Show with local merchants, vendors, and crafters displaying their wares. Senior citizens are invited to spend “A Day on the Square” with special entertainment beginning at lunchtime the Youth Showcase taking to the South Stage and Lowell Borchers performing on the Square. The afternoon will be filled with continuous activities and music for our honored seniors. A variety of historical figures will come to life in the evening with a Chautauqua series held at [email protected] The annual Cheer Competition will take place on South Main Street at 6:00 pm. Come “Dance to the Oldies,” Thursday’s theme, with the Kokosing River Surf Club at 6:30 pm on the First-Knox Main Stage, followed by Phil Dirt and the Dozers at 8:30 pm. These rock ‘n’ rollers of all time will rock the first night of the Festival to a riveting end.
Friday’s theme is “Idol Night with Pearly Lights.” Some of the most talented youth of Knox County will take the stage to compete for the title of Knox Idol. The 2013 title award will be presented for the audience’s choice. Knox Idol winners from previous years will hold a special concert immediately following the competition. The three day Fine Arts & Handcraft Fair opens Friday featuring well-known artisans, selected by a jury of their peers to assure the quality and originality of the arts products.
Saturday will be another fun-filled day in Downtown Mount Vernon with the Festival’s theme, “Art, Bluegrass, Rock, and More.” The day will feature bluegrass performers from Knox County and the surrounding area. The ever-popular Fiddle, Banjo, and Flat-Pick Guitar Contests will bring burgeoning musicians from all over the state. Many local singers and musicians will share their vocal and musical talent with the crowd throughout the afternoon. Radio Disney will perform live on the South Stage at 4:00 pm.
Dan Emmett’s Birthplace Home will be open for tours, as well as the Woodward Opera House. The evening’s entertainment kicks off with the Heritage Singers on the main stage, followed by the Festival Bell Auction. The 2013 Festival Bells honors the 200th anniversary of Johnny Appleseed’s legendary Rescue Run. The widely recognized The Osmonds will step onto the stage at 9:30 pm to entertain young and old alike.
On Sunday, the Festival will feature the theme “Crafts, Gospel, & Cars.” The First-Knox South Stage will feature the best in praise and pure gospel music during “Gospel Sunday.” Kids activities continue with the Columbus Zoo on South Main St., and WNZR’s presentation of Veggie Tales at [email protected] The cars will line the streets to participate in the Antique and Classic Car Show. The awards presentation for the favorites begins at 4:00 pm.
The Motorcycle Show and Cruise In will also be held on Sunday. The registration is from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, with an awards presentation at 3:00 pm. Project Roundtable will play throughout the show.
The Festival runs August 8th – 11th in Downtown Mount Vernon with various activities each day. Preferred seating is available for a modest fee for those wishing guaranteed seating to The Osmonds concert. For general information, contact the Festival at (740) 392-FEST (3378). For detailed scheduling information, visit the Festival website at www.DanEmmettFestival.org. The 2013 Dan Emmett Music & Art Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of Ariel, First-Knox National Bank, and Time Warner Cable.