By Thomas A. Adler
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Extra info for Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festivals
But attendance diminished in early November with the onset of chilly weather. Moreover, the tents had been rented for only six weeks. Through late fall, WIBC sporadically broadcast the Jamboree from its studio. Breaking the pattern of T h e Ru n d Fa m i ly ’ s B r ow n Co u n t y Ja m b o r ee . m. By December, Smith and Williams arranged a winter home for the Jamboree at the nearby Martinsville High School. For the next thirteen weeks, the familiar fast-paced show continued there. A sample handbill listed twelve main acts and “many others,” and advertised tickets at twenty-five cents for adults and ten cents for children, with sponsorship by the Martinsville VFW post.
Spurt Ragsdale and Guy Smith, both of Brown County, act as masters of ceremonies and help with details of the show. The tent has been placed on the Frances Rund property adjoining Beanblossom on the north. Pete French, of radio station WIRE, will act as master of ceremonies this week. Thirty-five acts are scheduled. 5 The huge tent, 90 feet wide and 210 feet long, went up on Friday. 6 Decades later, those recalling the original Brown County Jamboree tent called it “an old circus tent,” a reasonable description given its size and four-pole “bigtop” construction.
The Four Leaf Clover Boys and their swing rhythm songs and gags, featuring Arizona Eddy, the mandolin player, with his fast, fancy rope spinning act. Margie and Dot, our singing cowgirls, always make a hit, and they have just composed a new song, “Cowboy Dream Girl,” that has a wollop [sic] to it in a nice blended harmony. The Van Buren String Busters, two girls and a boy, fast workers, but sorry to say, with all their hot style and arrangements, yours truly has got the first time to see them live up to their name by busting their strings.
Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festivals by Thomas A. Adler