After a slow start due to late afternoon thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday, the sun came out for the weekend and brought out a large crowd of bluegrass music lovers to the 19th Annual Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival..
“We had a really good festival considering the weather,” Arnold Nunn said. “The storms did hurt on Thursday and Friday but we had a real good Saturday. Everybody had a good time. It was a good weekend.”
The crowd, of course, was there for the annual event put on by Nunn and his twin brother, Alden Nunn.
The brothers have dedicated the festival to the memory of their father, Clarence Olin Nunn, who died in 1979, when Alden and Arnold were 13. With Olin’s encouragement both boys had begun playing instruments at the age of 8 and each grew to love bluegrass.
With music a family passion, impromptu bluegrass jam sessions were common in the Nunns’ boyhood home and large gatherings of family and friends would often be built around the chance to play.
According to Arnold Nunn, the atmosphere for the weekend is always like “a big family reunion,” with family, old friends and neighbors being joined by hundreds of bluegrass music fans from throughout the region and beyond.
“It’s a good time,” Alden Nunn added. “People come out to enjoy the music but they’re also here to see each other. The music, the crowd and the location – it all comes together to create a good festival atmosphere.”