Bluegrass festival to benefit Hosparus

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

A tri-county partnership between Grayson, Breckinridge, and Hardin counties seeks to raise funding for Hosparus by hosting an upcoming two-day bluegrass music festival at Rough River Lodge.

The fourth annual, free Hosparus Fest will feature performances from more than a dozen bluegrass bands and will be held on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at Rough River Lodge.

The festival starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday with performances from Rosine Diner’s Club and Higher Ground, a live auction, and additional performances from Grandview Junction and Blue River.

Then, on Saturday, events begin at 12:00 p.m. (noon) with performances from WR & Martha & Friends, Honeysuckle Ridge, Fowler Boyz String Band, Becky & The Butler County Boys, Just-A-Mere Bluegrass Band, and McDonald Road, after which there will be a band scramble.

After the band scramble, the event will break for dinner before Into The Blue performs, another live auction is held, and Sassy Brown and Kings Highway close out the festival.

Door prizes will also be awarded during the event.

All proceeds from the bluegrass festival will benefit Hosparus Central Kentucky, a non-profit, hospice care organization that assists patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Grayson, Breckinridge, Hardin, LaRue, and Meade counties.

Over the past four years, Hosparus Fest has raised over $32,000 for Hosparus.

Hosparus Community Outreach Manager Jamie Disselkamp addressed the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 9 about the services Hosparus provides and myths surrounding them.

“We work with patients, no matter their ability to pay,” said Disselkamp, adding that many families can often qualify for hospice care much earlier than they request it.

Disselkamp said Hosparus has five or fewer days with 40 percent of its patients due to delayed requests for hospice care, which can be provided anywhere, whether that be at home, a nursing home, or assisted living facilities.

Additionally, Hosparus patients do not have to be home-bound to receive services.

In the hope of inspiring community members to be more aware of Hosparus, Hosparus representatives presented each Chamber of Commerce member in attendance at Thursday’s luncheon with a seed packet, representing the importance of planting the seed of hospice care early.

In addition, to represent Hosparus’s desire to help patients during their sickness, not only the end of their lives, the organization will soon change its name to Hosparus Health and looks to offer services in addition to hospice care, Disselkamp said.

Volunteers and donations are needed to continue to support families in the 33 total counties throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana served by Hosparus.

To learn how to volunteer, call 270-737-6300 or email [email protected] A volunteer application and additional information about Hosparus can be found at

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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