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Sierra Hull / Photo by Gina Binkley

A music festival celebrating one of Etowah, Tennessee's native sons marks its 26th anniversary this weekend when the Cousin Jake Tullock Memorial Bluegrass Festival is presented by the Etowah Arts Commission.

The weekend event also includes a gospel concert that honors local educator, bluegrass musician and Cousin Jake Tullock Bluegrass Festival founder John Studdard.

Festival weekend kicks off Friday, March 6, with the John Studdard Memorial Gospel Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Gem Theater, 700 Tennessee Ave. in Etowah. Performing will be Just Us and Alan Bibey & Grasstowne.

The 26th annual Cousin Jake Tullock Bluegrass Festival takes place Saturday, March 7. The event honors the late Jake Tullock, an Etowah native who was a longtime member of the Foggy Mountain Boys founded by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, performing with them as "Cousin Jake."

From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, visitors to Etowah can enjoy jam sessions at the Etowah Depot, 727 Tennessee Ave.

The bluegrass festival show will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Gem Theater.

Headlining that show will be Sierra Hull and Justin Moses. The program also includes music by Valley Grass Express, Just Us and a reunion set by Hiwassee Ridge.

Tickets are $12 for Friday only, $18 Saturday only, $25 for both days. Children ages 12 and younger are $5 Friday, $10 Saturday.

Tickets may be bought in advance here or purchased at the door.

For more information: 423-263-7608.

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