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It's a wrap: HOBA fall festival draws multi-state crowd


From Sept. 21 through 23, the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association held its 39th annual Fall Bluegrass Festival. Folks from Louisiana, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota were among the audience members and campers for the weekend, said organizers.

The weekend was filled with stage shows, instrument workshops and “lots of jamming and visiting,” organizers added. This was the last outdoor event of the season at the park on Bluegrass Lane.

The board of directors extend their thanks tp all the volunteers, performing bands and attendees for their support. The stated purpose of the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association is “to further the education and the enjoyment of bluegrass music, to bring together bluegrass musicians, to conduct bluegrass shows open to the public, to inform the members via a newsletter.” HOBA is a not-for-profit association promoting bluegrass in and around the Ozarks.

Special words of recognition are sent out to HOBA’s 2023 sponsors: Light the World Channel 36 TV, Richards Brothers Feed, St. Michael’s Nursery, West Plains Music, West Plains Bank & Trust Company, Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply, Hughes Towing, the Luke Stokes family, Westgate Realty, EJs RV Sales & Service, Taylor Grubaugh Chevrolet and Dave Thomas Shelter Insurance.

“Their support of HOBA and bluegrass music is greatly appreciated,” said organizers.

For more information regarding HOBA and its mission to support bluegrass in the Ozarks, visit the website hobabluegrass.wixsite.com/mysite, or follow @bluegrass.hoba to see more photos and videos from the festival.