The East Lake County Library just finished its 9th Annual Bluegrass Festival. It was held on Saturday March 16th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which turned out to be a beautiful day. It was part of the Lake County Library System’s week long series of events known as BookFest. It was a great success with attendance estimate being 1,150 people. It was a great day of music and entertainment provided by the Blackwater Creek Bluegrass Band and Captain Bill Good.
Blackwater Creek was great and were very kind to stay all day to perform after our second band failed to appear. Bill Good narrated folk tales of Florida and sang various songs. We also had Happy Faces face painters to provide high quality face painting for all ages at no cost. Many in attendance took advantage to get their faces painted. Also, in attendance were Lake County Agricultural Extension offices mobile plant clinic and Square Foot Gardner, Steve Earls.
The East Lake County Library Friends of the Library had their book/bake sale, raffle and community yard sale at the event. They made the second highest amount ever at any of their fundraisers. These funds will be used for future library purchases and to support library programs. The East Lake County Historical Society also took advantage of the event to have a fundraiser. They sold hotdogs, brats, chips and sodas. They also had a successful day and sold out of the food. Many in attendance said that this one of the best Bluegrass festivals we have had. They noted the large attendance, the many vendors and the quality of the performances. We at the East Lake County Library look forward to presenting the 10th Annual Bluegrass Festival next spring. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy this unique community event.