Illinois State Museum Dickson Mounds

1st annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival takes place in Lewistown IL August 18

FULTON COUNTY IL - The 1st annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival takes place at the Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, on Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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The event takes place rain or shine will feature live music by hammered dulcimer master Bill Robinson & Friends, Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak, the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra and singer songwriter Amelia Sweet Bluebird. Bill Robinson will present a workshop at 10:30 am and there is an open-mic scheduled for 11:45 am.

“While Bill Monroe is considered to be the father of bluegrass music, the sound we associate with his mandolin came from Lloyd Loar, one of the most fabled names in instrument-making history" said Christa Foster, Curator of Education at the Dickson Mounds Museum.

When Loar was just three years old, his parents moved to Lewistown, Illinois. He attended Lewistown High School from 1899 to 1903 and began performing in talent programs. Loar went on to study harmony, music theory, orchestration and piano.

He became an acoustical engineer and instrument designer, working for Gibson Mandolin - Guitar Manufacturing Company. In 1023 he designed the F-5 model mandolin which was Monroe’s choice of instrument.

Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival is an all ages event and is free to the public, though donations are appreciated. There will be exhibits, vendors and impromptu jamming, so bring your instruments.

For more information phone 309 547 3721 or visit the Dickson Mounds Museum at

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