Approximately 12 years ago, a group of volunteers from the Bristol area came together with a vision of sharing with others the opportunity to promote Bristol's musical heritage since we were named, by Congress, as the Birthplace of Country Music. It is amazing that after 10 festivals, we are still able to meet that mission!! I can remember that first year we had approximately 5000 people. Then the 2010 festival hosted approx. 45,000 people!!! It has been a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful three day event. Our festival is family oriented, economically priced, and with the support of our community and financial sponsors, we open our arms to welcome all of our attendee's. The two cities of Bristol's support is unmeasurable. We are working hard on the 2011 festival and don't forget it is the third weekend in September!