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Bluegrass bands return to Wabash

Visit Wabash County officials announce the return of the Bluegrass at Hopewell live-music event to take place on July 30. Tickets went on sale June 7 at noon and can be purchased online or in person.

The event offers two ticket options. Lawn and lower-level tickets can be purchased for $20 each and guests are asked to bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Ticket price includes entry into the event, Trolley No. 85 rides to and from the Antique Boutique at Hopewell, and a gourmet pretzel tasting.

Tables of eight on the upper-level can be purchased for $275 and include entry into the event, a gift basket with wine and drink vouchers from hosting sponsor Market Street Grill, turnovers and cookies from Bailey’s Pizza Parlor, bottled water and an invitation to the afterparty at the 950 Speakeasy & Bistro in Lagro.
Children age 10 and under are free, but are required to have a ticket.

This year’s event will feature live music on both upper and lower levels of the Rustic Barn at Hopewell and at the Antique Boutique at Hopewell.
“Some of our favorite performers will return from last year,” said Jennifer Long-Dillon, tourism manager for Visit Wabash County, “but I am thrilled about the new headlining performance by Branded Bluegrass.They offer a catalog of music deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass.”

Along with Branded Bluegrass, other musical acts include, Brad McCord, The Rock Bottom Boys, Caleb Hawkins, Bahlers Golden Age, and the return of Cornfields and Crossroads.

“I also booked the North Manchester-based bluegrass band The Barrell Scrappers to perform during the afterparty in Lagro,” said Long-Dillon.
New this year will be a bourbon tasting provided by Market Street Grill. For $5, paid at the time of the tasting, bourbon enthusiast will have the opportunity to select three bourbons from an extensive list and learn about what differentiates them from one another.

“Market Street Grill has a remarkable line of high-end bourbons,” said Isaias Tactuk, general manager for Market Street Grill. “We were thrilled when asked by Jennifer (Long-Dillon) to offer this experience to Bluegrass attendees. It will be a unique and interactive tasting.”
Poole’s Meat Market will be onsite offering country-style meals and non-alcoholic beverages and Market Street Grill will offer two full-menu bars. Outside food and drinks are prohibited at the event. 

“Market Street Grill is proud to be the hosting sponsor of Bluegrass at Hopewell,” said Ben Gebhart, chief executive officer of Gebhart Holdings, “Seeing families and friends gather for an evening together is what Market Street Grill (a subsidiary of Gebhart Holdings) is all about: great food, great drinks, and a great time. Bluegrass at Hopewell is an excellent event that brings all of it together.”
The event will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Rustic Barn at Hopewell on July 30.

For more information about this event or any Visit Wabash County events got to or call 260-563-7171.