Bluegrass Museum Prepares to Host Mandolin Camp

By Associated Press | 

The International Bluegrass Music Museum is preparing to host mandolin pickers from 30 states this weekend.

The museum in Owensboro, Ky., is celebrating what would be the 95th birthday of Bill Monroe, known as the father of bluegrass music.

Monroe was born in Rosine, Ky., on Sept. 13, 1911. He died Sept. 9, 1996, in Nashville, Tn.

The mandolin camp is designed for 40 pickers, but the museum had to add a second camp starting Sept. 15, 2006, because demand was so high. Another 45 pickers will attend the second camp.

The pickers from 30 states as well as England and Canada will take field trips to Monroe's birthplace and boyhood home near Rosine, Ky., and will also learn Monroe's style of mandolin playing.