Locals will be ‘Pickin’ in the Park’ this weekend

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blue Springs State Park near Clio is hosting “Pickin’ in the Park,” a bluegrass/gospel show and jam session, from 6 until 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.

Pickers, grinners, clappers and toe tappers are invited to be a part of, what is hoped, will become an annual event at the state park in Barbour County.

Pickin’ in the Park will feature bluegrass/gospel music in “The Field” and jamming in the four shelters scattered throughout the park.

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Marie Carroll, a park employee, said Pickin’ in the Park is an open event and anyone who wants to pick and sing is invited to come.

The Messengers, the Benton Brothers, Allen Senn, Dwayne Danner and Tommy Enfinger, along with bluegrass pickers from Slapout, Wetumpka, Montgomery and all across the Wiregrass area have already said they will be there, Carroll said.

“If you want to call and say that you’re coming, that will be all right but, if you don’t call, you’re still welcome to just show up,” Carroll said. “We want everybody who picks and sings and everybody that loves bluegrass/gospel music to come.”

Blue Springs State Park is a 103-acre park that features a spring pool that is fed by a crystal-clear underground spring.

The park has 47 campsites, both modern and primitive, and three campers for rent. The park has picnic shelters, tables, grills and a lake for fishing and paddleboat riding and a volleyball court.

“We hope to have a lot of people come and stay the weekend and enjoy everything the park has to offer,” Carroll said.

Admission to Pickin’ in the Park is $5 a carload.

“No matter how many or how few you have in the car, the admission is the same,” Carroll said.

“So load up the car, bring your lawn chairs and come and have a good time.”

Campsites with water and electricity are $11 a day. However, those who come with an instrument in tow may camp for half price.

Hotdogs and hamburgers will be available for those who want to “dine in” at Pickin’ in the Park.

For those who would like to “go out to eat,” Haglers Barbecue is just across the road and right up the road is the World’s Best Cheeseburger place.

For those who would like to come for the day, admission to the park is $3 for adults and $1 for children and senior adults and will include Pickin’ in the Park on July 20.

Blue Springs State Park is located about seven miles from Clio on Highway 10 east.

For more information, call (334) 397-4875.