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Lucedale Bluegrass Festival

By Nancy Jo Maples

Six talented musical groups will headline Lucedale’s Third Annual Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in City Park.

The free event will feature TruNorth, The Carlisle Brothers, Kentucky Masterpeace, The Tipton Family Singers, Joshua “Two Shoes” Ivey and Double Dee, also known as Mayor Darwin Nelson and his wife Dana. Mayor Nelson will also serve as emcee for the festival.

The event is sponsored by Power Ministries and is the brainchild of pastor/evangelist Louie Baker, a Kentucky native who had been living in Florida for several years when God called him to Mississippi. “In January of 2018, I was awakened from sleep in the middle of the night,” Baker said. “The Lord spoke to me to lay everything down and get in my car and go for Him. He directed me to Mississippi, so I turned my notice in on my room, got rid of everything and headed to Mississippi to visit a friend.”

Baker’s friend introduced him to Mayor Nelson, and a discussion ensued about organizing a bluegrass festival in Lucedale. Two months later, the first festival took place.

Each year, the Bluegrass Festival benefits a person in need. Proceeds and donations collected this year will benefit Allen Davis, an employee with the City of Lucedale who has been diagnosed with bone cancer. The first festival, in 2018, raised more than $5,000 for cancer patient Mike Steede, former county agent for George County. Last year’s festival raised $900 for the George County public school system’s backpack buddy program. 

This family-style event will offer attractions for all age groups. In addition to live music, the day will include an exhibit of antique tractors and engines by Danny Clark, as well as plenty of free activities for children such as inflatable slides, a bounce house, face painting, cornhole games, sidewalk chalking and more. Food and other items will be available for purchase. Vendors include Catfish Charlie Catfish Plates, J&J Barbecue and Peanuts, Southern Penguins’ Shaved Ice and Tracy’s Tees. Vendors will donate part or all of their proceeds to the cause.

Baker said the festival will take place regardless of weather conditions. City Park is located at 642 Oak Street. Call 228-219-8221 for more information. 

Nancy Jo Maples is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about Mississippi people and places for more than 30 years. Contact her at

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