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The Easter Brothers from North Carolina will headline the concerts. (Submitted photo)

Family Music Festival slated for Aug. 7-9

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The Fourth Annual Lake Itasca Family Music Festival is being held on the grounds of the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Aug. 7-9, starting at 6 p.m. Friday - rain or shine. Located just east of the north entrance to Itasca State Park, on Highway 200, the setting is in a beautifully wooded area, with many historic buildings.

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The festival offers a line-up of six groups coming from throughout the United States to entertain. The Easter Brothers from North Carolina are headlining the acts. The reputation of the Easter Brothers as inspired songwriters of gifted material grew daily and they became known as some of the most prolific gospel tunesmiths in the gospel music profession.

The Link family who will also be performing is a true family band, featuring dad, mom, five children and two in-laws from Lebanon, Missouri. They are having the "time of their lives" traveling on their Silver Eagle bus and sharing their music in churches, bluegrass festivals and theaters.

One family, 13 children, 15 instruments - in Harmony. The Wissmann family will be playing a variety of Christian and gospel music. The family has chosen to make each song creative with both instrumentation and vocals. From the warm sweet sound of young children blending harmonies, to the more mature voices of the older siblings. Their array of instruments includes guitar, bass guitar, violin/fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonicas, hammered dulcimer, keyboard/piano, trumpet, flute and harp.

The Alzen family from Wisconsin enjoys making toe-tapping music together. Winners of the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association 2006 Family-Area Talent Contest, the Alzen family plays bluegrass and gospel music for all ages to enjoy.

The Kingery family started singing in 1994 when Grandma Marion Kingery started taking Rachel, Anna, Michelle and Rebekah to play music and sing at area nursing homes. It has become their family's ministry and over the years has branched out to include playing and singing at churches, music festivals, fairs, community events, funerals, dinners, benefits, business functions, coffee shops, weddings and of course still lots of nursing homes.

Life at the fullest is the best way to describe the Durocher family. Crossing this great nation with a message of hope and joy in Jesus Christ, the Durochers bring a rich zest for life and vast life experiences to bear on the scene of American spirituality.

Tickets are for sale at the campgrounds. There are no advance ticket sales. For more information, call 218-333-1421 or visit www.familybluegrass.com.

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