Two brothers make their mark at local bluegrass festival

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A local small-town festival is celebrating a major milestone. 

The Prairie Lake Pickin’ Party, located at Prairie Lake in Holton, is in its 25th year. 

“It was just some people wanting to come and play music and folks from town came out and it just kept growing,” said Ron Meire, Kansas Prairie Pickers Association President. 

The festival features local bluegrass bands and artists as young as six-years-old.

For brothers Lawrence and Merel Bonjour, they too are celebrating 25 years at the festival. 

The Bonjour Brothers mostly play bluegrass and old-time country, but it’s the people that have kept them coming back all these years.

“Visiting with the people, playing with everyone,” said Lawrence Bonjour. 

This year’s festival t-shirt features the brothers. 

“It’s a drawing of them walking toward the stage because they’ve been doing that since we started,” said Merle. 

The festival is free, but donations to the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association are appreciated and used to help young singers. 

Times and performers for Friday and Saturday evening are listed below:

Friday 
5:00: Old Guy and the Rest of ’em
6:00: Boiler Room Boys
7:00: Legacy
8:00: Muleshoe
9:00: The Ready Brothers

Saturday
5:00: Reach for the Sky
6:00: Prospect Bluegrass
7:00: Pastense 
8:00: Blue Moon String Band
9:00: Faris Family with special guest Leo Posch   

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