Wind Walker Guest Ranch to Host First Annual Bluegrass Festival – Press Release 8/31/2004

DATE 08/31/2004 10:01 AM

This is part of an occasional series by the Sanpete Country Travel and Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance on the people and places along U.S. Highway 89.

Wind Walker Guest Ranch to Host First Annual Bluegrass Festival

The Wind Walker Guest Ranch in Spring City, in conjunction with Palisade Pals, a non-profit agency that services disabled, disadvantaged and delinquent children, is hosting a first annual Bluegrass festival Sept. 10 & 11.

The festival will be held at the Wind Walker Guest Ranch and feature musical performances, food, vendors, and other activities.

Sept. 10, the band Blue Sage, a Western folk trio featuring Mike and Shauna Iverson and Rob Ricks, will perform at 7 p.m. The group mixes vocals, banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica and bass violin and is known for its bringing a unique perspective to the songs of the American West. The trio focuses on their old-time, bluegrass, and folk roots.

On Sept. 11, Lost Highway will perform at 7 p.m. The members of Lost Highway are united in their love and respect for traditional bluegrass and their commitment to ensembleship. They are known for their unforgettable trio harmonies, instrumental prowess and relaxed, friendly stage manner.

Lost Highway is built around the lead singing and rhythm guitar of Ken Orrick. His rich, soulful voice and his fine original songs, written in the best traditional style, define the Lost Highway sound. He is also a top-notch banjo player and hails from Smithville, Tennessee. The group also features Eric Uglum on vocals, mandolin and guitar, Dick Brown on banjo, Paul Shelasky on fiddle and Marshall Andrews on bass.

The festival will also feature performances by other local bands including Around the Bend, Faultline and Shades of Gray.

Lodging is available at the ranch for one or both nights of the festival. Camping is also available on the ranch property. As well, tickets are available for just the musical performances. For detailed information, contact Loretta Johnson at Wind Walker, (435) 462-0282.

The ranch, which is open year round, is located on 994 acres of land at the 6000 foot level of Manti-Lasal National Forest s hills. Its activities include fishing, mind and body relaxation, horse back riding, hay rides and hikes, arts, sports, games, dancing, swimming, singing, and cowboy poetry and sing a longs. The ranch also runs a number of special programs for children as part of its Wind Walker Children s Foundation that include incorporating play and activities with learning and therapy.# # #

For more information Contact:

Monte Bona
Sanpete County Travel and Heritage Council
(435) 462-2502

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