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    Loudoun’s got the blues

    Sierra Hull will headline the 5th annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival. Photo Courtesy/Rick Gondella
    When it comes to bluegrass, Loudoun's known for its talent – the ability to grow it and attract it.

    This year, Loudoun's 5thannual Blue Grass Festival will boast one of the genre's up-and-coming talents.

    Sierra Hull, a Byrdstown, Tenn. native known as a bluegrass mandolin phenom, will headline the event May 10 at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds.

    Hull has been playing mandolin since her grandmother gave her an instrument when she was 8 and recorded her first album, “Angel Mountain,” when she was 10.

    By age 11, she was called to the Grand Ole Opry's stage.

    Country music legend Dolly Parton called Hull's 2011 “Daybreak” album “an awakening . . . Sierra is truly a beautiful and talented gift to this world, so special and unique,” according to a media release.

    With Hull on stage at the fairgrounds will be local favorites Bud’s Collective (DC Bluegrass Union’s 2013 Band of the Year), the Patuxent Partners and the Cabin Raiders.

    The festival gives music lovers a chance to not only listen, but participate with indoor and outdoor pickin’ areas, workshops (vocal, banjo, bass, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, clogging), old-time and Irish jams, and “make your own” jams. Between pickin’ and jamming, there’s the Barn Dance.

    Bands, banjo, fiddle and mandolin players and flatpickers will compete for cash prizes and keep the audience entertained. Preregister for all contests at

    Ashburn's Carolina Brothers will be serving barbecue and award-winning Loudoun wineries will be serving their vin.

    Proceeds from the festival will go to scholarships for local students; to Cops For Kids, bringing Christmas to children in Loudoun County; and to other charities supported by Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport.

    If you go:
    Fifth Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival
    May 10 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. rain or shine at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds, just west of Leesburg.
    Tickets are on sale at – $15 for 14 and older, $8 for ages 7 to 13 and children younger than 6 are free.

    How to sponsor:

    Sponsorships are available from Skyline at $5,000 down thru Log Cabin at $500. All levels include outdoor display, business card ad in the program and a supply of posters and handbills that promote participation, Higher levels include tickets, mic time before the main acts, logo and Website address on all Internet marketing and a full page ad in the program.
    Rotary is a nonprofit and all sponsorship donations are tax-deductible and proceeds go to the Rotary scholarship fund.
    Sign up now Peter Eisert, 703-318-8191, mobile 571-340-1087, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Bud's Collective
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