4th annual Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival set for mid-June in Chillicothe

The fourth annual Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival, just northwest of Chillicothe, will include bands from Missouri and Kansas and the headliner, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, which originated in Georgia.

The entertainment schedule has been announced for June 17th and 18th at the Litton Agri-Campus, off Highway 190.

It begins the night of Friday, June 17th with the KBA Treblemakers at 6 o’clock, followed by the Petersen Family Bluegrass Band at 7, and the featured band Lonesome Road from the Branson area.

The schedule for Saturday, June 18th has instrumental and vocal workshops at 10 o’clock, hosted by the Friday night bands.  The workshops are open to people who have purchased a festival pass.

State ceremonies start at 12:45.  Music begins at 1 o’clock by the host band, Rural Roots, followed by KBA Treblemakers, The Petersen Family, and Lonesome Road.

The bands take a dinner break at 4:30, and then perform again beginning at 5:25.  Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out finishes the night with a 90 minute performance at 8:30.

People attending may bring their own lawn chair, but they can not be over 3 feet high.

A variety of sandwiches, snacks, and desserts will be available the night of June 17th and again at noon on June 18th.  A Hickory BBQ buffet is planned the night of June 18th.

The gate charge on June 17th is $10.00 for adults, and $5.00 for students.  The gate charge on June 18th is $20.00 for adults, and $7.00 for students. A two-day pass is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for students.  Pre-schoolers get in free.  The event is rain or shine since seating and stage areas are covered, and there are several sheltered areas throughout the campus.

Bluegrass jamming opportunities also will be at the festival.

Camping is available.  Reservations can be made by contacting the Chillicothe Area Arts Council office.  Electric camp sites are $15.00 a day.  Dry camping and tent camping sites are $10.00 daily.  Electric camp sites are limited.

The Grand River Historical Society, at 1401 Forest Drive in Chillicothe, will be open during the festival weekend so visitors can see displays ranging from Native American to a present-day military exhibit and equipment.  

The film “A Slice of Life”, featuring the history of Chillicothe as the “Home of Sliced Bread”, also can be viewed.  Visitors can watch all or part of that film, which will be looped.