The 15th annual Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Festival hosted another five days of straight, honest to goodness bluegrass music.


Band of Ruhks pickin’ away as the attentive crowd listens on.

This year’s lineup came hot on the heels of the festival’s award winning year.  The International Bluegrass Music Association named Pickin’ in Parsons 2017’s International Bluegrass Event of the Year.

“Just to get nominated was cool, and to win it was kind of unfathomable for us,” John Bowers, festival organizer, said.

As always, Joyce and John Bowers are at the helm of the event, steering it toward success every year since 2004.

In addition to the Event of the Year award, the Tucker County Chamber of Commerce named the Bowers the Tucker County Business People of the Year.

With two big awards under their belts and fifteen years of hosting, this year was sure to draw a larger crowd.

In 2004, the Bowers hosted the inaugural Pickin’ in Parsons.  The…



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