Ohio County Bluegrass Festival Successful Despite Controversy

ROSINE, Ky. (AP) -- The organizer of a festival in western Kentucky that honors bluegrass music pioneer Bill Monroe says the event was successful -- despite a legal battle over using Monroe's name and likeness.

Campbell Mercer told the Messenger-Inquirer around 15,000 fans attended the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration that began last Thursday and lasted through the weekend.

A court had stopped Mercer from using Monroe's likeness or name to promote the festival, which is put on to honor Monroe as the "Father of Bluegrass."

Campbell is in a dispute with Ohio County and the county industrial foundation. Those organizations lay legal claim to Monroe's name and image, having bought the usage rights from the musician's son 13 years ago. At issue is whether they gave Campbell the right to use them.

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