DevouGrass KidsThere is a new bluegrass festival coming to town this fall and you are not going to want to miss it! This is the inaugural year for DevouGrass, started by the Devou Good Project as a fundraiser to raise money for the Substance Abuse Program at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. This day long event on Saturday, October 4th will feature live bluegrass music, food vendors, craft vendors and kids activities galore. This is going to be a family friendly day of fun!  The event is FREE and open to the public, however if you’d like to donate to the Children’s Home there will be several donation spots located around the event.   There will be free children’s activities and also food & drink available for purchase.

I should tell you that I am on the board for the Devou Good Project, and I’m one of the coordinators for DevouGrass, and I’m over the moon to be affiliated with both. The Devou Good Project has so many great ideas in the works (soon to be revealed) and I predict that the DevouGrass Concert is going to be the beginning of a fantastic yearly event. With the great bands we have lined up, the awesome children’s acts, the unique craft vendors and the tasty food set to be served, how can it be anything less than fantastic? It’s our first year, so I don’t’ have any pictures of the event, but I can share some pictures of some of the cool items our vendors will be selling. I’ve been coordinating the craft vendors for the event, and I can tell you, we have some amazing artisans joining us for the day. It will be a perfect opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

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Here’s Some More Information About DevouGrass ::

DevouGrass2014On Saturday, October 4, 2014 the first annual DevouGrass Music and Arts festival will take place at Covington’s Devou Park Bandshell. The free event will run from noon until dusk and feature bluegrass music, regional artisan craft vendors and gourmet food trucks. The family-friendly fest will also include entertainment for kids of all ages and hands-on activities provided by Behringer Crawford Museum. All proceeds will be donated to Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky to benefit CHNK’s new chemical dependency treatment program.

“Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is in the midst of one of the most exciting chapters of its 132 year history,” shares Rick Wurth, CHNK’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our team is prepared to meet new community needs around adolescent behavioral health and youth addiction services precisely because of the type of help we are receiving from the community, including the DevouGrass project. DevouGrass has provided youth addiction treatment for cannabis (marijuana) and prescription drugs like Adderall.”

DevouGrass founder Rebekah Gensler hopes the event will accomplish fundraising and more, “One of our goals is to increase awareness of different community-based programs and resources that CHNK offers to families,” says Gensler. “DevouGrass aims to create an environment where good things happen as a result of music and art bringing people together.”

DevouGrass’ inaugural lineup will include four locally celebrated bluegrass bands. The Cincinnati-based trio Blue Caboose will kick off the festivities at noon, followed by the city’s only all-female acoustic band, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at 3:00 and the award-winning “newgrass” up-and-comers Hickory Robot at 4:30. The raucous Downtown County Band will perform the final set at 6:00. Special performances by Joel the Singing Librarian and Circus Mojo are slated for 1:00 and 2:00.

The hand-picked selection of artisan craft vendors will be unique and diverse, ranging from photography to jewelry making and locally produced baked goods. Marty’s Waffles, Red Sesame and Dojo Gelato are a few of the scheduled food truck offerings.

Founded in 1882, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky operates two campuses. CHNK carries out its mission to be a community leader providing children and families opportunity and hope for better lives by offering residential and community-based treatment programs for abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Last year, the Home impacted over 400 children and families in 33 counties across the Commonwealth

I really hope to see lots of you at DevouGrass on October 4th…it’s going to be a great day!  For more details visit the DevouGrass website and be sure to “like” the DevouGrass Facebook page for updates and giveaways leading up to the event!