Bill Monroe taking children for a ride around the Bean Blossom Festival grounds in his mule-drawn farm wagon, 1984. Photo: James R. Peva
Bill Monroe Blue Grass Festival in Brown County
One event has transformed the hamlet of Bean
Blossom, Indiana, into a world-famous locality. Bean Blossom
is the site of the annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass
Festival. This string-music festival was originated in 1967 by
Bill Monroe, the father of American bluegrass music. It has
now become the oldest, continuously running annual bluegrass
festival in the world. The multi-day event, held in the
natural setting of an outdoor amphitheater on the wooded
grounds of the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground,
features a style of music which is wholly American in origin.
The term "bluegrass music" defines a distinct type of country
music; it was named for Bill Monroe's band, the Blue Grass
Boys, which he named in honor of his home state of
Originally submitted by: Baron P. Hill, Representative (9th District).
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