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April 19, 2018

HENDERSON HAS BLUEGRASS, BIRDING, BARBECUE AND THE BLUES

Special to Evansville Courier & Press USA TODAY NETWORK

Henderson, Kentucky, is a town full of Bs – bluegrass, birding, barbecue and the blues – but the festivals surrounding these themes are A-list, bringing in crowds and artists from around the country to this Tri-State area town.

The festival season kicks off with the Ohio Valley Birding Festival, a six-day event over two weekends that brings bird and outdoor lovers through guided hikes of Audubon State Park to witness the spring habits of migratory birds settling in for the season. The festival runs April 20-22 and May 4-6 and incorporates birding workshops and activities for the whole family in the natural setting of the 575-acre park.

Visit ohiovalleybirdingfestival.org for a schedule and contacts for events.

As the weather warms from spring to summer, the music festival scene heats up with the sounds and smoke of the W.C. Handy Blues and

Barbecue Festival June 13-16. Named Best Music Festival in the state by Kentucky Living Magazine in April 2016, this free music festival at Audubon Mill Park shows off the talents of blues acts and barbecue specialists around the country and is slathering on an extra helping of fun by kicking off the fun a day early with Wednesday night music.

Call 800-648-3128 or visit handyblues.org for more information.

The Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival keeps the beat going July 25-28 with four nights of shows featuring the voices who have crafted some of the biggest hits coming out of Nashville today. This series of concerts also helps raise funds for local youth music education.

Visit sandyleesongfest.com or call 270-827-9420 for more information.

Perhaps one of Kentucky’s signature sounds stomps into Audubon Mill Park Aug. 10-11 with the Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival. This two day event has become one of the nation’s largest free music festivals with a weekend of live music, children’s activities, food, folklife displays and more.

Call 1-800-648-3128 or visit bluegrassinthepark. org for more information.