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Bluegrass, Redbuds, Thunder Over Louisville, Dulcimers

Bluegrass Returns to its Roots
Owensboro celebrates the 9th Annual Bluegrass Returns to its Roots on April 23-24 at Diamond Lake Resort. Entertainment will include J.D. Crowe and the New South and other bands. Tickets available online at or (270) 302-5260; $20 adults, children ages 6-12 $10. For more information contact Diamond Lake Resort at (877) 975-4900.

Barbourville Redbud Festival
Springtime in the Appalachian Mountains is something to see, especially when the hills are coming to life with the first burst of color—the redbuds. On April 9-10 come to the Barbourville Redbud Festival and Quilting Workshop on the Union College campus to enjoy bluegrass music, homemade barbecue, storytelling, authors, art displays, and classes taught by nationally known instructors on quilting, dulcimer, and other heritage crafts. For more information, go online to or call (606) 545-9674.

Thunder Over Louisville
April 17 kicks off two exciting weeks for the Kentucky Derby Festival with the daylong Thunder Over Louisville. The Thunder Air Show dazzles the crowd with more than 100 planes, aerobatics teams, daring skydiving, and breathtaking stunts. As darkness falls, the Thunder rolls and the sky lights up during the largest fireworks show in the U.S. For more information, go online to Admission free.

Dulcimers on the Green
Celebrate the mountain dulcimer as the designated Kentucky State Instrument at the 1st Dulcimers on the Green in Central City, April 16-17. Classes on the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and the thumbpicking style of guitar playing will be taught during this event. For more information, go online to or call (270) 754-9603.

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