Organizers with the American Heritage Music Festival will mark the celebration's 20th anniversary, with a series of events Thursday thru Saturday, June 8, 9 and 10.

This year's festival will be headlined by Hee Haw’s cute blonde bombshell Misty Rowe, and Oklahoma superstar Jim Paul Blair, during the evening concert on Saturday, June 10.

Evening festivities

The festival will open on Thursday, June 8, with an evening of food, camaraderie and entertainment at Snider's Camp, on the Honey Creek branch of Grand Lake.

The event will include the fun 30-minute Band Contest, the Gambler’s Contest, as well as a multitude of performances.  

The Friday evening session at Snider's Camp will feature the Finley River Boys, Blue Pearl, Prairie Breeze String Band and the Jukebox Contest, with popular Bob Fjeldsted and the Round-Up Boys returning with great Western Swing.

Admission to both evenings at Snider's Camp is free, with food available to purchase each evening. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy food, fun and of course, music, lakeside. 

Snider's Camp is located one mile south and a half mile east of Honey Creek Bridge. 

During the day

The festival will take place at the Grove Civic Center on Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10.

It will include the Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest with a $1,000 grand prize, as well as additional age divisions and competitions for guitar, mandolin, dobro and banjo .

The south half of the civic center will be open to participants for jamming and practice.

Those attending the festival will be able to listen to the impromptu fiddling and meet the musicians, up close and personal.

The event will also include vendor booths, food and educational instrumental workshops.

Jana Jae, founder of Grand Lake Festivals and member of the National Fiddler Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, along with friends and family, will perform throughout the weekend.

Early bird tickets are available through May 15, for $20 for adults and $10 for students, online at www.grandlakefestivals.com, by calling 918-786-8896 or at Gallery Southwest, 10th and Main, Grove.

More about the festival

This is the first of three festivals planned by Grand Lake Festival volunteers. The others include the Cajun Fest on Saturday, July 1, at the Grove Civic Center, and the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp and Music Fest set for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1, 2, and 3.

Grand Lake Festivals, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing family entertainment to the Grand Lake area with the assistance of many volunteers, local and area sponsors, area media, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau, and Oklahoma Tourism.