[image-1]The Southern National BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival is set to [image-2]take place at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant on Sun. Aug. 31. Sure, there’ll be carnival games, a mechanical bull, a celebrity dunking booth, and loads of Carolina-style barbecue abound, but the big music news is that Dr. Ralph Stanley and his The Clinch Mountain Boys are solidly on board for two late-evening sets.

Revered as a giant in the old-time and bluegrass community, clawhammer-style banjo player, arranger, bandleader, and high tenor singer Stanley is as dedicated to traditional mountain music now as he was when he first started playing as a boy in his hometown of Stratton in the hilly southwest corner of Virginia.

The award-winning Nashville Bluegrass Band and the reunited Homeboy Reunion perform on the main stage early in the day.

Tickets are $22 ($20 in advance) for adults, and $10 ($8 in advance) for children aged six-12. Children under the age of six are admitted free.