Sounds from the banjos, fiddles, guitars, and basses at the Kentucky Horse Park have now faded until next summer. The 41st Festival of the Bluegrass closed Sunday after four days of music both on and off stage. Festival organizer Anna Marie Cornett says interest in the genre continues to swell. "Interest is definitely increasing in bluegrass music. We started to see an increase when "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" was released a number of years ago, and it's been a steady incline," said Cornett.
The Festival of the Bluegrass this year offered a better opportunity to experience urban life up close. The festival's Roy Miller Cornett says about half of the people who attend the bluegrass music event travel from outside Kentucky. He says a shuttle service offered by Lextran this year helped to boost the local economy. "It's a demographic that doesn't necessarily utilize the downtown resources. We love our city and the ability to be able to expose our city to a demographic that wouldn't normally be going down there is wonderful and they did use it," said Miller Cornett.