EAST DIXFIELD — The annual Music and Minerals – Youth Music Scholarship Weekend at Countryfolk Music Theatre was a success, according to Larry Bisbee, operator of the venue.

More than 45 volunteer musicians donated their time to raise scholarship donations for youth musicians during the weekend’s country jamboree and mineral exhibition. Highlights of the weekend were performances by guest Ginny Palmer and the Clogging Dance Demo by In-Clog-Neato from the Farmington-Wilton area.

Bisbee said, “ This year’s scholarships were awarded in honor of Herman Leblanc of Rumford, aka “The Black Mountain Hobo,” for his more than 60 years of performing in western Maine in his very unique and humorous bluegrass style.”

Bisbee said Leblanc volunteered over the years for many charitable events such as the Bryant Pond Grange Hee Haw Show and so many others, including Countryfolk performances.

Receiving youth cash awards from Franklin and Androscoggin counties to encourage them with their music, said Bisbee, were Dakota Kennedy, Madison Rich, Sara Henderson and Hailee Rowe.

All the cash awards are from donations at Countryfolk through the summer months, he said. Countryfolk has awarded more than $4,000 in youth music scholarships over the past 10 years.

Country Sundays will continue through Labor Day weekend at the Route 2 venue in the East Dixfield section of Wilton. Countryfolk is always free and for families. For more information, call 645-4411.


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