Friends of Turkey Run, Shades to host summer concert series


MARSHALL — Turkey Run State Park fans will have even more reasons to visit the nationally ranked park this summer with the addition of a Summer Concert Series hosted by the Friends of Turkey Run and Shades.

“We’ve got eight dates lined up, with a wide range of talented musicians to entertain our park guests this summer,” said Friends’ Chair Curt DeBaun. “We’re excited to fill the park with blankets and lawn chairs full of people sharing an evening of music.”

The series will kick off in just a few short weeks as follows: June 1, The Coon Holler Kids; June 15, Larry Summerton; June 28, Bob Warn; July 6, Blue Flame; July 27, Stones Crossing; Aug. 3, High Sierra; Aug. 17, Jack Shannon; and Aug. 24, Mackville Blue Grass

All of the concerts start at 6 p.m. There will be no additional cost to attend the concerts besides the park entrance fee.

Turkey Run State Park has earned high rankings recently by making it to the top 10 state parks in the nation by a popular travel magazine as well as the best hiking park in the midwest by Midwest Living.

“We have people visiting our park from all over the country and we are really excited to offer them this experience to add to their memories,” DeBaun said. “What a great way to finish off a day of hiking and nature.”

The Friends, the volunteer group that supports both Turkey Run and Shades, will also be selling campfire cuisine — hot dogs, chips, drinks and Amish-made Whoopie Pies during the concerts.