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Vince Gill to perform at Wayne Henderson Festival

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By Staff Reports

MOUTH OF WILSON — Country music star Vince Gill will headline the 20th Annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition this year.

The family-friendly event is scheduled for June 21 at Grayson Highlands State Park near Mouth of Wilson in Grayson County.

Also on stage will be Bill Kirchen, Dale Jett and Hello Stranger, the Snyder Family Band, Kazuhiro Inaba and Wayne Henderson and Friends.

Twenty guitar competition contestants will have the chance to win a handmade Henderson guitar, and scholarships will be presented to young musicians studying Appalachian music and the groups that support them. The festival will present $20,000 in scholarships in honor of its 20th year, and has presented more than $106,000 in scholarships since 1995.

Vince Gill, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, has sold more than 26 million albums.

Dale Jett is a third-generation member of the Carter Family. Bill Kirchen, known for his licks on “Hot Rod Lincoln,” performs solo. The Snyder Family Band of Lexington, N.C., features Zeb on guitar and Samantha on fiddle. Kazuhiro Inaba is one of the top bluegrass artists in Japan.

Wayne Henderson, of Rugby, is well-known for his handmade guitars, his unique picking style and his love of sharing the music.

Performances run from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic if you wish (no high-back chairs permitted).

Meals, ice cream and a variety of concessions will be available, though are limited; picnic lunches are encouraged.

A children’s area will feature lariat artist Doug Smith and his rope tricks, along with music, crafts and games.

Admission is $20, and children 12 and younger get in free. A portion of proceeds will benefit scholarships for young musicians. Parking costs $5. The festival is open, rain or shine.

Full details are at waynehenderson.org.