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Date: June 01, 2005
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442,

Grayson Highlands State Park to host music festival June 18

(RICHMOND) - Legendary thumb-style guitarist Eddie Pennington will headline the 11th Annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition, Saturday, June 18, at Grayson Highlands State Park.

Festival hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with children's activities from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Children under 12 with an adult are admitted free. Visitors should bring a lawn chair.

The lineup of bands and key players includes Jeff Little, piano; Randy Greer, mandolin; The Elkville String Band; Gerald Anderson and Spencer Strickland, mandolin and guitar; Acoustic Heritage (Tim Yates and Debbie Grim Yates) guitar and banjo; the Cana Ramblers and a performance by Wayne Henderson and friends.

The festival features two competitions this year: guitar from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and mandolin from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Winners will receive a hand-made Gerald Anderson mandolin and a handcrafted Wayne C. Henderson guitar.

In addition to the live music, visitors can enjoy the park's campground, visitor center and trails. The day is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition Committee.

Grayson Highlands State Park is in Grayson County on U.S. 58 between Independence and Damascus. To reach the park, take I-81 to Marion, follow Route 16 to Volney and then go west on U.S. 58 for eight miles. For more information about the festival, call (276) 579-7092 or visit For camping reservations call 1-800-933-PARK or visit

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