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PIERRE, S.D. – Uncover the rich tradition of bluegrass music at the Oak Lake Bluegrass Jamboree, Aug. 19-21 at Oak Lake near Astoria. Musicians from across the country will share their time-honored bluegrass and gospel music talent. “This event takes place in a beautiful area and is one of the few places you can hear a good selection of good, old traditional bluegrass music that isn’t played very often anymore,” said Rollie Trooien, event organizer. In addition to the music, families can take advantage of nearby Oak Lake and take a canoe trip or trek through Oak Forest. Take a step back into the past on a trolley ride, or relish a home-cooked meal. Featured artist David Green will provide live bluegrass entertainment along with other bands including Lonesome Rail, Them Guys and The Larry Pederson Band, throughout the three-day festival. Seminars will teach the art of bluegrass and the basic skills needed to play the distinct sounds. Admission is charged and includes all activities except home-cooked meals, which are sold throughout the event. The Oak Lake Bluegrass Jamboree has been designated a “Great Event” by the South Dakota Office of Tourism. The Office of Tourism provides assistance to event coordinators and supports promotional efforts for designated events in order to boost visitor spending and to increase the economic impact in host communities. The Great Events campaign is one component of the 2010 Initiative, which includes doubling visitor spending to $1.2 billion by 2010.