Belk 11th  Annual Blue Grass Festival  
          May 12-1
3, 2017       From 11:00 until
                                    Music, Food and Vendors

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Bluegrass music and singing has existed in and around the Belk Alabama community for many years. This took place at homecomings, revival services, and the first community center located at the old middle school that has since been closed. Under the direction and leadership of the Belk Mayor, Ronald Waldrop, a new and modern community center was completed in July 2004. The new community center has nice restrooms, a weight workout room, a very roomy kitchen with dinning area and a large auditorium equipped with a good P/A system.
     Vaughn Simmons, a long time bluegrass singer and musician, requested and received permission from the town council to hold a night of Bluegrass music and singing in the new community center facility. The response was overwhelming and Vaughn established the 2nd Friday night of each month as Bluegrass night at the center which has been running since July 9, 2004. There has never been a charge to attend the bluegrass night however donations are accepted to pay the rental time for use of the auditorium. The local town people began bringing in food for the visitors on the 2nd Friday nights and donations are accepted to help pay off a loan taken out to pay the balance on the building. Visitors look forward to that night for some of the best home made soups, chili, sandwiches, cakes and pies you could find anywhere and some of the best bluegrass music and singing.
    In 2006 Ronald Waldrop presented a proposal to the town council to hold a bluegrass festival at the town park on which the community center is located. He was given the to "OK" and he began asking for volunteers to help put on the blue grass festival. Vaughn Simmons and J.B. Taylor (another bluegrass singer and musician) had attended many bluegrass festivals around the country. Their input and suggestions were put into place by commities and hard working community people. The first annual Belk Bluegrass festival was held April 2007. James Monroe, son of the father of bluegrass Bill Monroe, and the Midnight Ramblers performed along with six other outstanding bands. Visitors attending the festival could not believe it was the first festival as it was run so well by the community volunteers. Wayne Gilreath became the coordinator for the 2nd annual festival held in April 2008. It proved to be even better with outstanding music, singing, and some great southern cooking and a great crowd.  The reigns have changed and Jeff Long is the new coordinator. Jeff has put together anoutstanding line up of great bands and entertainers for the 11th Annual Belk Bluegrass Festival to be held on May 13, 2017