MOUNT VERNON — The 2012 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival will be held in the streets of downtown Mount Vernon Aug. 9-12, marking the 25th year for the event. Named for Dan Emmett, the author of “Dixie,” the festival’s mission is “Celebrate the Legacy” of his life and career by presenting a varied format of performing and creative artists to festival goers.
The festival will begin on Thursday with the four-day Crafts & Trades Show with local merchants, vendors, and crafters displaying their wares. Senior citizens are invited to spend “A Day on The Square” with special entertainment beginning at lunchtime with the Mount Vernon Players Youth Showcase taking to the stage. The afternoon will also be filled with continuous activities and music for our honored seniors. A multi-faceted Chautauqua will be presented in the evening at ThePlace@TheWoodward.
The annual Cheer Competition will take place on South Main Street at 6 pm. The evening theme will be “Dance to the Oldies” featuring Kokosing River Surf Club at 6:30 p.m. — and then rock ‘n rollers of all time will rock the stage when Phil Dirt and the Dozers step on at 8:30 pm.
Friday’s theme is “Idol Night with Pearly Lights.” Some of the most talented youth of Knox County will take the stage to compete for the title of Knox Idol. The 2012 title award will be presented to the audience’s choice at the competition’s end. Following Knox Idol, the top five contestants from the Ohio Idol program will perform. The three-day Fine Arts & Handcraft Fair opens Friday featuring well known artisans, selected by a jury of their peers to assure the quality and originality of the arts products.
Saturday’s Festival theme will be “Art, Bluegrass, Rock, and More” for a fun-filled day in downtown Mount Vernon. The day will feature area bluegrass performers and the annual Fiddle and Banjo Contests, plus the Flat Pick Guitar Contest. Later in the afternoon, many local singers will share their vocal talent with the crowd.
The Dan Emmett’s birthplace home will be open for tours, as well as the Woodward Opera House on South Main Street. The evenings’ entertainment kicks off with the Heritage Singers on the main stage, followed by the Festival Bell Auction. The ever popular The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue will step onto the stage at 9:30 p.m. to entertain young and old alike. Children’s activities this year will include the performances by dance students, karate kids, the Cheer Competition, the Knox Idol Contest, and many other fun things.
On Sunday, the Festival will feature the theme “Crafts, Gospel & Cars.” The First-Knox South Stage will feature the best in praise and pure gospel music during “Gospel Sunday.” Kids’ activities continue with the Columbus Zoo on South Main St., and WNZR’s DJ Bowl at ThePlace@TheWoodward. The cars will line the streets to participate in the Antique and Classic Car Show. The car show registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to the general public from noon to 4 p.m. The awards presentation for the favorites begins at 4 p.m.
The Motorcycle Show and Cruisin’ will be held on Sunday. The registration is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with an awards presentation at 3 p.m. The Caffiends will play throughout the show. America’s oldest authentic theater — the Woodward Opera House will be open every day of the festival.
The festival runs Aug. 9-12 in downtown Mount Vernon with various activities each day. Preferred seating is available for a modest fee for those wishing guaranteed seating to The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue concert. For general information, contact the festival at (740) 392-FEST (3378). For detailed scheduling information, visit the festival website at www.DanEmmettFestival.org.
Published on July 28, 2012