Argyle, TX Festival Bites The Dust!

argyleNot the type of news we like to report and probably not anything that any bluegrass fan would ever want to hear but we’ve learned that one of the premier festivals in the southwest has ceased to exist after an 8-year-run.  The poster below is from this year’s festival held in March. 

In a press release-type message posted on the festival’s Facebook page, organizers say they will distribute any remaining funds to the Foundation For Bluegrass Music’s Youth Programs. 

“After nine years, eight spectacular music festivals, and over half a million dollars raised for the Town of Argyle and area organizations, the Argyle Bluegrass Festival will cease operations.Image634846886348826000
In 2003, then Mayor Richard Tucker and his wife, Valerie, wanted to initiate a community, family-oriented event in the Town of Argyle. Inspired by the Overton Bluegrass Festival, they recruited community members to organize the first Argyle Bluegrass Festival.

The first event was held in 2004 and grew to be known as one of the best bluegrass festivals in the Southwest and the nation
The festival’s mission has always been to provide the best in bluegrass music to our fans and we fulfilled that mission beyond our wildest expectations. On the stage of our gracious host, Cross Timbers Community Church, we featured Grammy winners, IBMA award winners, Dove award winners, bluegrass legends and up-and-coming talent.

In addition to the music, the organization existed to support parkland acquisition, fund scholarship granting organizations and support school and Chamber of Commerce activities. We are proud to have been the vehicle that has allowed numerous organizations to raise thousands of dollars for their own causes.

In addition to Cross Timbers Community Church, we thank Liberty Christian School, Argyle United Methodist Church, and Faith Harvest Church for providing facilities and support to the festival. We are forever indebted to each of them for their hospitality.

Thank you to our founders, our fans, our bands, our sponsors, and especially, our volunteers. We were successful because you faithfully supported us from the outset. Thanks to each of you for giving us the privilege of bringing quality bluegrass music to Argyle, Texas. The Argyle Bluegrass Festival’s final act will be to honor each of you by investing in the future of bluegrass by distributing our remaining assets to The Foundation for Bluegrass Music’s youth programs.”

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