Music pioneer, Betty Harper, honored at Bethlehem bluegrass festival

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, June 4, 2024

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Davie County came out to experience the first Gospel Light Bluegrass Festival at Bethlehem Methodist Church on May 18.

The Fairfield Bluegrass Band entertained 150 folks with Gospel hymns and other old favorites.

The Farmington Bluegrass Band performed while honoring Betty Harper, 94, as the oldest original member of the Bethlehem Bluegrass Band.

Bill Long, local songwriter, performed some of his original songs on guitar.  Bethlehem pastor Noah LaCoursiere performed with his guitar to end the night.

Children were dancing to the toe tapping music of the bands while their parents and grandparents were reminiscing about the familiar old songs.  Hamburgers, hotdogs and Christian fellowship were enjoyed.