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Minn. Bluegrass Festival nominated



Nominated Event of the Year for third time

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced its list of nominees for the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Awards. Among those receiving nominations is the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival as "Event Of The Year." The award winners will be announced in a lavish event to be hosted by Sharon and Cheryl White (of The Whites) and Jerry Douglas (of The Allison Krauss Band) Thursday, Sept. 30, at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.

The star studded show will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14) and on WSM-AM 650 (live at www.wsmonline.com). This is the third time the Minnesota event, which is produced by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA), has been nominated for the Event of the Year Award. The previous nominations came in 2005 and 2007.

This year's nomination is for the 30th anniversary of the festival which took place in 2009 (the award eligibility period). One of the headline performers at that 2009 festival was the group Dailey & Vincent, who topped the list of nominees this year with 10 nominations, including the coveted Entertainer Of The Year Award. The other nominees for the Event of the Year Award are The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival in East Hartford, Conn., and The Red, White & Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, N.C.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), which serves as the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. The IBMA Award Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass week, including the industry's Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest, which takes place Sept. 27, through Oct. 3, in Nashville. More information about the IBMA and the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show can be found at www.ibma.org.

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Upper Midwest, and takes place at El Rancho Ma-ana in Stearns County on the second weekend of August. It is produced by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA), a non-profit corporation. In addition to the more than 30 hours of main stage concerts, there are several other entertainment venues at the festival with nightly dances, instrument demonstrations and dancing exhibitions, family shows and activities, workshops and jam sessions. The 2011 festival will be held Thursday through Sunday Aug. 11-14, and will feature three-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, plus April Verch, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Sierra Hull & Highway 101, Monroe Crossing, The Orpheus Supertones, Foghorn Stringband, and many more yet to be announced. More information about the festival and MBOTMA is available at www.MinnesotaBluegrass.org, or by calling (800) 635-3037.