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September 19-22, 2012
38th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame
& Uncle Pen Days

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Welcome to one of the oldest bluegrass festivals in the world! One of Bill Monroe’s role models was his fiddle playin’ Uncle Pendleton Vandiver, whom he paid tribute to in the hit song Uncle Pen. Bill created the honorary Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days festival to not only honor is Uncle Pen, but to pay tribute to those he felt made contributions to bluegrass music. Now in our 38th year, enjoy 4 fun-filled days of music, over twenty-five performing artists, music and instrument workshops; and a lot of pickin’ and jammin’. The highlight of this event is the official 2012 Bluegrass Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with PAUL WILLIAMS.

To learn more about Uncle Pen, click here.



Look what we have in store for you!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012: Kick–off the festival with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, The Boxcars, James King Band, Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, and Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen.

Thursday, September 20th: Audie Blaylock & Redline, The Grascals, Grasstowne, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Larry Efaw & Mountaineers, Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show, and Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley & Farm Country.

Friday, September 21st: Kick off your weekend with Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, J. D. Crowe & The New South, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Newfound Road, Ralph Stanley II, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, and the Wildwood Valley Boys.

Saturday, September 22nd: Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, J. D. Crowe & The New South, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Larry Stephenson Band, Tommy Brown & The County Line Grass, and Don Stanley & Middle Creek. We also will have Paul Williams HALL OF FAME INDUCTION at 4:00 pm.

Bean Blossom is proud to announce PAUL WILLIAMS is this year’s inductee into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame taking place Saturday, September 22, 2012.  Paul’s legendary career began with The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in the '50s. He then went on to become one of Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys in the late '50s and early '60s. In August of 1963, Paul retired from the Bluegrass circuit, but continued to write songs and play in churches and radio broadcasts for the next thirty-three years.  In 1995, Paul formed the VICTORY TRIO with the band’s big break coming with their 2000 Grammy nomination for their album, Old Ways & Old Paths that was re-released on Rebel Records. PAUL WILLIAMS & THE VICTORY TRIO have continued to release great bluegrass gospel albums throughout the years and have garnered numerous other awards and nominations throughout their impressive career.

Emcees for The 38th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival are the Legendary Tommy Lamb and George Riddle.  Sound provided by Tom Feller Sound.  Each festival ticket includes: admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin tour, plus all music and instrument workshops.  There will be plenty of food concessions and merchants. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun. Shows take place rain or shine. 

Included in your festival ticket purchase is admission to Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Museum & Uncle Pen’s Cabin self-guided tour; all music and instrument workshops and activities scheduled at the Artist Workshop Stage; access to all food concessions, merchants and Bean Blossom Flea Market.

The 38th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Days is sponsored byMartin Guitar, Dillman Furniture, and Hope River Entertainment


Instrument workshops planned on the Artist Workshop Stage located at the top of Hippy Hill. There will be a wide variety of workshops including: beginning-advanced levels on banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass; mountain and bluegrass vocals, group harmony, songwriting, band promotion, Bean Blossom history and more. Be sure to check out the new band showcases over the weekend!


On-site festival camping is available at discounted rates.
***Please note that reserved hook-up sites are limited to 300 and normally sell-out by Sept. 1st***

Advance Reserved 30 Amp Hook-up $21.40 per night;
4-day Event $85.60 (double occupancy);
Advance Reserved 50 Amp Hook-up - $26.75 per night;
4-day Event $128.40 (double occupancy)
Advance Additional People on a Campsite $6.42 per person per night.

After Sept. 15th:  $7.00 per person per night;
Advance Primitive Tent Camping $6.42 per person per night;
After Sept. 15th:  $7.00 per person per night.
Advance Self-contained (RV’s, Hard Shell Campers) $21.40 per night;
After Sept. 15th:  $22.00 per night

All prices include Indiana state tax. Children 12 & Under FREE. Hook-up rates include water and electric only.  Self-contained campers may fill tanks with water and use dumping facilities upon leaving. All campers MUST have a paid admission ticket for each and every day of camping- no exceptions.

Camp club and AAA discounts not valid on special events.

All visitors and guests must purchase an admission ticket- no exceptions.

No outside wood will be allowed to be brought into the campground in order to prevent insect infestation of our trees. Firewood will be provided to all paid campers at no extra charge. 

In order to provide a safer environment for all festival attendees and campers, ATV’s and/or 4-wheeler’s will not be allowed into the campground. A limited number of golf carts (both two and four passenger) will be available to rent onsite by the day or weekend from Cunningham Golf Cart Co. (800) 456-1577.

Parking is FREE and handicap accessible. Daily shuttle service will also be available throughout the day.

This festival has general admission, lawn chair seating. High backed chairs ARE NOT allowed for they impair the view of others.

Please remember that all shows go on rain or shine at Bean Blossom. There are no rain checks or refunds. A rain shelter is provided for your convenience.

All acts and times are subject to change without prior notice.

Alcohol, smoking, pets and large coolers ARE NOT ALLOWED in the concert area. Drugs, firearms, fireworks and ATV's ARE BANNED from Bean Blossom.
All violators will be prosecuted. Security and/or local law enforcement will be on the premises 24 hours to ensure that our festival patrons and campers have a wonderful time and memorable experience at Bean Blossom.


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