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Bluegrass festival set

STEPS Inc. is hosting its first bluegrass festival.

The festival is set to take place Saturday, Aug. 31, from noon-7 p.m. at the Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) Hooper Park in Crewe.

In addition to good food, children’s activities and vendors, the event will also host a number of bluegrass artists, including Virginia-based The Church Sisters, Karlie Keepfer and Smokey Holler, Jeff Little Trio, Back 40 Drive and Walt & Agnor Band.

STEPS Executive Vice President of Finance Matthew Agnor said leadership with the nonprofit was looking for fundraising opportunities.

Agnor, a big bluegrass fan, has been leading the project.

He said there will be approximately 20 craft vendors at the festival, which include those experienced in glasswork, woodwork and crafting cloth items.

He said food vendors include the Bojangles food truck, Wooded’s food truck, Cotton’s Kitchen food truck and Waldy’s Ice Cream food truck.

Agnor said proceeds from the event will go toward STEPS Inc.’s workforce development programs. While he said one of the most well-known programs is job training for those with disabilities, STEPS also has job training for seniors and for youth who are out of school.

For those interested in supporting STEPS after the festival, Agnor said STEPS always accepts financial donations, but there are other ways to help.

He said people can use and make people aware of STEPS’ recycling services, its energy assistance program, its services for those who are homeless and its secure document disposal program.

Also, Agnor said STEPS is looking for volunteers to help with future fundraisers, which include the Farmville Christmas Show in the winter and the Soup and Sandwich fundraiser in February.

For more information visit the STEPS website steps-inc.org.