Stacey Menser was in studio Thursday morning to speak with WPKY about the upcoming Pennington Festival, which will be Friday and Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd, on the Butler Lawn in downtown Princeton.

This year is the 20th annual festival and to celebrate they have invited back a lot of favorites from over the years as well as a few new acts hand picked by Alonzo Pennington himself.

Tim Lynch, local favorite from Clarksville who got his start by showing up for the talent show around ten years ago, will be opening the show Friday night at 6pm. He will be followed by blues singer/songwriter from Nashville, Miranda Louise, at 7:30pm. Then the Alonzo Pennington Band, local favorite who just released a new album, will be ending the night Friday at 9pm.

On Saturday, the day will start off with the talent show. Sign-ups for the talent portion will begin at 10am with performances starting at 11am and going until all those who entered have performed. The talent show is open to musicians of all ages and styles, but only those who are amateurs, please no professional performers. If you are wanting to compete, please make sure you either bring a live accompanist, can accompany yourself, or plan to sing a cappella, no canned music is allowed, as in you can not sing or play along to something already recorded. After everyone has performed, five semifinalists will be chosen to perform again, and from those, the winners will be chosen. Cash prizes will be given to first through third places and fourth and fifth places will receive a free festival T-shirt.

After the talent competition, newcomer to the Pennington stage, will be Haleigh Martin, a Paducah-based singer/songwriter. Following her performance will be Lew Jetton & 61 South, who are area favorites. Next up will be the other newcomer to the Pennington stage, Steven Greene, a Murray-based singer/songwriter. Then the All Nations House of Prayer praise band and choir from Hopkinsville will take the stage. Festival namesake, Eddie Pennington, will then take the stage with several guests before acclaimed folk and bluegrass duo Will Maring and Robert Bowling take the stage. Then, the headliner for the festival and evening, John McEuen, most notably from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, will take the stage around 8pm.

McEuen called in to the studio this morning and spoke to WPKY and Menser about what festival goers could expect Saturday night. He will be there with his band and will play an eclectic mix of his favorites from the album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a new album “Made in Brooklyn,” as well as a few new songs. And, a cool incentive to enter the talent contest, the winner of the contest will be invited on stage with McEuen and his band during their set Saturday night.

Menser spent the end of the interview thanking the Princeton Art Guild, who will have a booth with artwork at the festival, all the sponsors and the Caldwell County Board of Education for again allowing the Pennington Festival to take place.

You can watch the entire interview below.

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