Dates announces Snuffy Jenkins Festival

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Rutherford County Arts Council has announced that the Snuffy Jenkins Festival will be held this year on Saturday, September 14 at Globe Park in Forest City.  The outdoor music event  will take place from 10 AM to 6 PM and is sponsored by the Arts Council, B Sharp Music, King Pup Radio, The Pick Shack and Little King Records. General admission will be $10.

This year the lineup will include, among others, The Roger Padgett Band, Phil and Gaye Johnson, Billy Constable and The Wiseman Heritage Band, the Dowden Sisters Band, and Four Wheel Cab Company and Medicine Show. Also featured will be traditional music workshops for young people, presented by members of the Pick Shack and story telling with Dot Lane.

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate, preserve, and encourage the development of the musical tradition of Rutherford County and the surrounding region. It is named for Dewit “Snuffy” Jenkins, an iconic figure among bluegrass music lovers. Snuffy, along with Smith Hammett, Rex Brooks, and Earl Scruggs pioneered the three finger banjo playing style which became a key element in the development of the bluegrass genre. Snuffy was also the first banjo player to be broadcast playing this unique style. All four players hailed from Rutherford and Cleveland Counties and were neighbors in the Harris and Cliffside area;  a fact which led the original festival founder, Ben Humphries, to call this region, “The Birthplace of the Bluegrass Banjo.” Snuffy was a comedian as well, and in the words of  Humphries, “He was one of those people who made you just feel better being around them.”