Our Story

Celebrating our 22nd year in 2018,  the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival honors Jackson County native and beloved Grand Ole Opry star David ‘Stringbean’ Akemon

His unique stage attire, traditional claw hammer banjo style, and entertaining stage banter endeared him to fans around the world. ’The Kentucky Wonder’ was best known for his musical comedic performances on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry beginning in the 1940’s and on the television series “Hee Haw” until his tragic death in 1973. 

With a rich history and beautiful locale at Stringbean Memorial Park, the festival has hosted the biggest stars in Bluegrass including the legendary Ralph Stanley who headlined the inaugural event in 1996.  Other celebrated Bluegrass royalty brought in by festival founder Phillip Akemon include the Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent, 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, Hall of Famers Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson, and 26-time IBMA Award winning band Blue Highway.

Ralph stanley at stringbean with tagline


 

David 'Stringbean' Akemon

David stringbean akemon
Stringbean and estelle akemon
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Stringbean Memorial Statue dedicated 1996

Unveiling of stringbean statue 1996 full length shot
Stringbean Memorial Park and Statue were commissioned by Stringbean's nephew Phillip Akemon and dedicated in 1996, with Grand Ole Opry Stars Porter Wagoner and Grandpa Jones appearing at the statue unveiling.


 

About Our Festival

Stringbean Memorial Park is nestled on 25 lush green acres near the Daniel Boone National Forest in Jackson County, Kentucky.    The park is @ 30 minutes off I-75 Exit 41, about 1 1/2 hours southeast of Lexington. and 2 hours north of Knoxville.

The festival is held each year during the 3rd week of June  in honor of Stringbean Akemon's birthday on June 17.
 
Come Rain or Shine!   Tent Shelter!   Bring your lawn chair and your family!

Concessions available!     Kentucky Arts and Crafts!  

Camping, Showers, and Bathrooms on grounds!

Alcohol and Drugs are Not Permitted.

If you'd like to be a Vendor and sell food, arts, crafts, etc., please go to our Contact Us Page, and contact Festival Administration.  We'll be happy to talk with you!

The Akemon Family look forward to seeing everyone on a beautiful sunny weekend this June!

 
"How Sweet It Is!"  ...  at Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival!
 
Ya'll come!!