After decades of celebrating and sharing their passion for music with the community the Nunn Brothers will be, once again, hosting the 14th annual Bluegrass Festival that will held at the Nunn Brothers Music Park.
“We’re trying to keep the music alive,” Arnold Nunn said.
The festival starts July 19 and ends July 22. On Friday and Saturday, adults must pay $9 for entry. All children younger than 10 get in free. Admission is free for all on Thursday and Sunday.
Nunn Brothers & Friends will be performing every day.
Thursday starts the festival off with a free jam session from 7 p.m. until.
Friday, Travis Fry & Blue Mountain and Mountain Park Old Time Band are performing from 7 p.m. until.
Saturday, a number of groups will be performing like The Country Boys, Southern Junction and Tim White & The VW Boys from 5 p.m. until.
Sunday, the last and most anticipated day for the Nunn brothers, is dedicated to gospel. Nathan Kirkman, a Utah missionary, will be preaching a sermon. Jeff & Angel Owens, Kirkman Family Singers and other gospel singers also will be performing from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
“Bluegrass is (one) of the cleanest, sweetest music you can play at any event outside of gospel,” Alden Nunn said.
The brothers, who’ve been playing instruments since they were kids, are excited about this year’s festival.
“It’s our God-given talent,” Alden Nunn said.
They are thankful to their father for teaching them how to play instruments before he passed away and they also give special thanks to their mother, Alzry Nunn, for putting up with their ceaseless “noise” when practicing throughout the years.
The Music Park was built in memory of their loved ones: C. Olin Nunn (1921-1979), A. Blaine Nunn (1967-1985), Delmer C. Inman (1935-2001), T. Haakon Chilton (1918-2004), Robert J. Hall (1935-2011) and Walter L. Rogers (1919-2012).
“We had the opportunity to play with these folks,” Arnold Nunn said.
The twins also give a huge thanks to all of their sponsors support including Westfield Volunteer Fire Department, Surry County Sheriff’s Office and the Mount Airy Rescue Squad.
So far four weddings have been hosted on the Nunn Brothers’ eight-acre Music Park this year and two more are expected to be hosted there in the fall.
“It’s a beautiful place for someone to get married,” Alden said, overlooking the spectacular view of the park from the stage.
The afternoon sun illuminated a warm glow to the field accented by the sound of crinkling water in the nearby creek.
As the twins were explaining how the park use to be a tobacco farm before they cleared out the crops and made it into the park it is today, the occasional car would cruise by. The drivers would always slow down to admire the park and every time the brothers would both turn around to give a warm and friendly wave.
About half of the proceeds from the festival are donated to Albion Baptist Church. They believe it’s important to support the churches in the local community.
Alden and Arnold Nunn recommend visitors bring lawn chairs, umbrellas and jackets for unsuspecting weather.
The tents and picnic tables are already set up. Primitive camping is available, however, power and camp hook-ups are not provided.
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the concert area.
Pets are allowed, however, they must be kept on a leash.
For directions to the Music Park or for more information, call 351-5543 or visit www.nunnbrothers.com online.