Those who braved Saturday’s mid-morning light rain and lingering clouds that threatened more rain weren’t disappointed. The light shower was short-lived; the threat that kept the early day crowds at bay didn’t materialize and the 15th annual Blackberry Jam at Boyd Mill Farm went on as planned.
Early day performers included 13-year-old Lauren McKenzie and popular children’s performers Farmer Jason and Roger Day. Tray and Jo Ann Eppes played blues, country and rock ’n’ roll oldies, and Dale Whitehead and Carol Warren — Boyd Mill Farm owners and founders of the Blackberry Festival — even joined them for a song.
Singer/songwriter Joe Hott, who recently performed with Vince Gill, has “Hott sauced bluegrass music and is bringing back old country music,” said emcee Reckless Johnny Wales as he introduced a young version of the late Hank Williams.
The well-shaded children’s area opened ahead of schedule to the delight of the dozens of little ones who were ready to move. One of the more popular spots was the free face painting tent, and from tots to teens, almost everyone took a whirl with a hoola-hoop. The crafty kids made a beaded necklace or bracelet, blinged their Blackberry Jam T-shirt, or a shirt of their own, and painted a mural. The reading tent with a ground blanket and a few throw pillows had a large variety of books for self-readers and a volunteer reader for the younger kids.
The large Jenga game is still popular with kids and adults and until the crowds began pouring in, the kids had plenty of space to stretch their little legs.
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Carole Robinson Cousins Rhoda Karubian and Brooklyn Camp paint a mural in the kids area as music from the stage inspires them during the Blackberry Festival.
Parker Ruckman tries to beat her dad, Chris in a game of Tic Tac Toe.
Blackberry Jam Founders Dale Whitehead and Carol Warren join Tray & Jo Ann Eppes on stage. Dale and Carol performed their own set later in the day.
Tray & Jo Ann Eppes perform their popular songs in their bluesy style.
Halleigh Gissy, visiting from Havington, Delaware, is dreaming big while listening to children's singer/songwriter Roger Day performing on Stage.
"Reckless" Johnny Wales and William Covington of Viva NashVegas emcee the Blackberry Jam.
Dr. Tony Urbanek and Bill Foley man the Franklin Noon Rotary booth where they promote their upcoming Great Americana BBQ Festival on Aug. 25 and a pre-event party on Aug. 24.
The Waite Family - Eryn, Josh, Ezra, Rowyn, Amara and Asher - enjoy the shade and some hydration during the children's concerts.
The Curtis Family - Howard, Linden and Elias - watch children's singer/songwriter Roger Day perform his interactive tunes.
Childrens' singer/songwriter Roger Day invites children to join him.
After recently playing on stage with Vince Gill, Joe Hott "hot sauces bluegrass music and brings back old country music," said Johnny Wales when he introduced Hott.
Joe Hott plays traditional old country music with Aaron Holman on the five-string banjo and Nick Brite on mandolin
Pam Lewis, founder of the award-winning PLA Media, speaks with Reckless Johnny Wales, host for the festival.
Carole Robinson Blackberries grow in flields near the Blackberry Jam music festival stages.
As the clouds pass, more people arrive at the Blackberry Jam Music Festival at Boyd Mill Farm.
Carole Robinson Influenced by rock, country and blues music, songwriter, producer, singer and guitar player, Stuffy Shmitt (left) performs on stage.
Carole Robinson Roger Day, children's singer/songwriter, and his son Thomas perform on stage at the Blackberry Jam.
From left: Evelyn Pope, Thelma Gosey and Annette Williams.
From left: Hayden, Shari, Ella Lacy and Gracie Williams.
From left: Jerry, Sierra, Lauren and Nora Carman.
From left: Kevin, Cole, Josie, Elise and Halle Johnson.
Marji Dew and Valerie Golden.
Mark Schwear and Jeff Nicholls.
Malarie McConaha and Matt Smith.
Nya Hartman gets her face painted at the Blackberry Jam Music Festival.
Paul Phelps and Tanya Albrecht.
From left: Sandy Wauy, Lola Bonds, Darlene Morton, Loretta Cheairs, Johnnie Hamilton and Ashley Patterson.
Steve Young and Carol Warren.
From left: Wendy Layton, Crystal Bowersox, Lily Grace and Steve Young.
From left: Carolyn Mays, Carolyn Simpson, Betty Trondsen, June Warren, Tanner Welch and Linda Mahathy.
The Blackberry Jam Festival attracted a large crowd at Boyd Mill Farm.
Carole Robinson may be contacted at email@example.com.