The Kruger Brothers to headline Wayne Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition on June 17

The Kruger Brothers are headlining the annual Wayne Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition set for noon on Saturday, June 17, at  Grayson Highlands State Park. Tickets are $20 plus parking fee. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paying adult.

According to the website, Henderson and many of his musical friends take the stage at this annual festival, with bluegrass and old-time music dominating the program. In addition to The Kruger Brothers, this year’s event also features Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Betty and the Bullet, and a guitar contest and raffle for Wayne Henderson Guitar No. 711.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival are placed into a scholarship fund to aid young local musicians in continuing their educations. More than $198,500 has been awarded through the 2017 festival.

On the third Saturday of every June at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition features some of the region’s best traditional musicians. From time to time, they have shared the stage with bluegrass bands from Europe.

The event takes its name from National Heritage Award recipient Wayne C. Henderson, a musician and instrument maker who lives in nearby Rugby, Virginia. Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar and in seven nations of Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition was established in 1995 to express appreciation for this living legend.

— Lisa Snedeker