Bluegrass music festival helps raise money for volunteer fire departments

Published: Jul. 16, 2016 at 10:16 PM EDT
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For the first time, Kings Creek in Letcher County hosted its very own bluegrass music festival.

The event attracted musicians such as the Dean Osborne Band and Sunrise Ridge.

"It makes you know that music is not dead," said Natalie Tomlinson, who plays the fiddle in Sunrise Ridge. "Everybody loves it and it will never go out of style."

Dozens of people gathered at Kings Creek Community Park for the two-day event. People had the chance to enjoy the music and also get a bite to eat.

However, they were also helping support their local firefighters. The event was a unique way to raise money for the Kings Creek, Sandlick, and Mayking Volunteer Fire Departments.

"We pay our power bills. We help with fuel and stuff on the trucks," Sandlick Fire Chief Mike Amburgey said. "People don't realize how much fuel we use on a run and it runs up there in the numbers."

As of now, some volunteer firefighters say they will try anything to raise money. We are told proceeds from the event will help pay for necessities in order to continue serving their communities.

"We do more than fight fire," Kings Creek Fire Chief Robert Meade said. "If you've got a cat in a tree or a tree in the road or whatever, they call us to do it and we are pleased to do it. That's the kind of things that we want to do."

The event wrapped up late Saturday night. Organizers say they hope to host another festival next year.