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The 34th Annual Black Hawk Folk Society Folk Music Festival will be held on July 9

The 34th Annual Black Hawk Folk Society Folk Music Festival will be held on Saturday, July 9 at Mt. Morris Town Park, N3847 County Highway G in Mount Morris. An open mike, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., will begin the morning. Musicians are invited to share a set of some of their favorite tracks. Please contact Guy at 715-228-3662 or or with your open mic questions or to be added to the list.

Bill Kehl, emcee and festival favorite, will be back to keep the music flowing. Bill is a talented musician, with a broad and deep knowledge of music. It also has a diverse collection of instruments from around the world. Expect tunes, demos of these instruments, and storytelling between sets.

LJ Booth and Chris Kokesh are up at noon for an hour-long set. This multi-talented singer-songwriter duo has performed and toured nationally for over a decade. They are known for a colorful mix of guitar, violin and vocals. Black Hawk welcomes their return to our stage. The Squirrel Gravy Bluegrass Band, from Madison, is next. These five guys promise great music and lots of energy. (They’re so good they’ve already been booked for an encore of their traditional, progressive bluegrass to wrap up the festival for a second set at 4:30 p.m.)

Spook Handy takes the stage at 2:10 p.m. If you like Pete Seeger, you’ll love Spook. The two have performed over 50 concerts together and Spook’s repertoire includes many musical tributes to this legend. He is a gifted singer-songwriter who also teaches guitar.

Door County treasure Katie Dahl, who just returned from a national tour, gets up at 3:20 p.m. She is known and loved for her expert guitar playing, poetic lyrics and beautiful melodies. Special bonus: Rich Higden will be joining Katie for her performance at the festival.

Festival tickets can be purchased in advance from the Black Hawk Folk Society webpage, or by contacting Tom at Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the festival at the door. The Mt. Morris Pioneers 4-H Club will provide concessions. The festival also includes a raffle and an arts and crafts fair. If you are an artisan or craftsman, visit the Black Hawk Folk Society website to view and download an entry form. or contact Betty at 920-295-0385 or Your entry fee includes admission for two adults to the festival.

This is an outdoor event – bring your blankets or lawn chairs, sunscreen, hats and insect repellent. Festival organizers are asking the public to please respect COVID precautions. Mt. Morris Park has playground equipment and a swimming beach, making it a wonderful family event. (Sorry, pets are not allowed.) Parking is free and onsite; the park is suitable for people with disabilities. (The rainy site is the Mountain View Community Center, located at N3137 21st Lane, at the intersection of 21st Lane and Highway 152, just south of Mt. Morris.)

Black Hawk Folk Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to bringing quality music to central Wisconsin. Speaking of volunteers, if you are available to help with this event, please contact Betty at 920-295-0385. For more information about the festival, or to find out how to become a sponsor or how you can support Black Hawk in other ways, check out the webpage, or like and follow Black Hawk on the company’s Facebook page.