New owners take over management of Bill Monroe Music Park
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The iconic Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, site of longtime Bean Blossom, Indiana festivals, was purchased by a local family determined to continue the music and improve the facilities, as were former owners Dwight Dillman and his family had done it. last two decades.
New owners Rex and Ben Voils were born and raised in Bean Blossom and live a short distance from the park. They understand the legacy of Bill Monroe and what the many festivals held there mean for the people who love this music, just like them. Rex even worked for Mr. Monroe when he was younger, helping with maintenance and landscaping when the site was newly developed. With his nephew Ben, the Voiles intend to keep the same family atmosphere, and take seriously their obligation to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of this much-vaunted space.
They are only the third owners of the campground, which was started by Bill Monroe in 1951. After his death, the former Blue Grass Boy, Dwight Dillman, took over and made significant improvements to the site with many. new roads, better parking and camping sites. . After taking possession today, the Voils plan to build permanent showers and toilets, upgrade the electrical system and add a play area for children.
The Bill Monroe Museum and the Bluegrass and Country Hall of Fame will remain in the park, as will the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival in June and Uncle Pen Days in September, as well as the John Hartford Memorial Festival, Southern Gospel Jubilee, Bean Blossom Blues Festival, and Bikerfest.
Rex and Ben have previously announced that Rhonda Vincent will appear in 2019, the first time since 2002, and that JD Crowe will be retiring for a show with The New South next year as well. They are eager to carry on the traditions they have enjoyed for years.
It looks like the sounds of bluegrass will outlive Bean Blossom for yet another generation.