|43rd Annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival gets a new promoter as the venue gets a new owner. |
BROOKSVILEE, FL - Evans Media Source, LLC announced as the promoter of the 2022 43rd Annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville, Florida.
After successfully managing the resurrected spring bluegrass festival at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Florida, Evans Media Source has been announced as the new producers of the Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival as well.
A number of recent changes have led to this decision. The Youth Ranch is dissolving its ownership of the park, which will be assumed by the Will McLean Foundation. McLean was a popular folk singer and songwriter in Florida during the 20th century, and the Foundation exists to both promote continued interest in the music he wrote while alive, and to facilitate interest and education for Florida artists. They are also very involved in youth programs, as has been the ranch for many years. Sertoma, the name of the international service agency, is a shortening of the phrase, Service to Mankind.
The Will McLean Music Festival has also been held at the Youth Ranch since 1990, so the Foundation was eager to pick up the ball when the current ownership was ready to let it go.
Ernie Evans, who runs Evans Media Source with his wife, Debi, says that they are delighted to take over management of the Thanksgiving festival this November, its 43rd iteration, just as they have many other festivals around the country.
“It is always an honor to carry on a long tradition built by so many over the years, it makes you want to try harder to make sure that the festival continues to not only carry on but go to the next level so it can be successful when handing off to the next person. I remember performing 25 years ago when promoter Steve Dittman was running it, I never dreamed that the responsibility would be ours.”
Details are rolling out quick and will be posted to the EMS website as soon as they are available.
Evans Media Source, LLC
Deborah L. Evans - President
Ernie Evans - Vice Presidents
(386) 385-3500 office
119 Clearwater Rd
Satsuma, FL 32189
ABOUT EVANS MEDIA SOURCE, LLC
Evans Media Source, LLC is a family owned and operated business founded 20 years ago by President Deborah L. Evans. EMS is currently ranked as the largest promoter of bluegrass music in the US with annual events located in 5 different states including music cruises in the East & Western Caribbean.
Evans Media Source specializes in Music Festivals, Concerts and Cruises featuring Bluegrass, Americana, Classic Country Music, Oldies/Motown and a variety of CityCounty Festivals.
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