For more than 40 years now the Bluegrass world descends upon Grapeland every Labor Day for the 41st annual Salmon Lake Park Labor Day Bluegrass Festival.

The festival spans over four days and features Bluegrass artists from across the country performing at different scheduled times throughout the event.

This year’s festival includes the artists Trinity River; Kristy Cox; The Malpass Brothers; Buffalo Nickel; Southern Style; The Baker Family; Gary Waldrep; Remington Ryde; Mark Phillips and III’d Generation; The Marksmen; new band Lone Star Drive; and Karl Shiflett and The Big Country Show.

Four day passes for the festival are available to pre-purchase online by visiting www.txbluegrassmusic.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the gate.

For those traveling by RV, Salmon Lake Park has several hundred RV sites. There also are cabin sites for rental, but contact Salmon Lake Park at (936)687-2594 to check for availability. Salmon Lake, in the center of the park, is its centerpiece and provides swimming and aquatic entertainment for those wanting a little relief from the East Texas sun.

Food and arts and crafts vendors will be at the festival. The stage where the music is played is surrounded by a natural amphitheater beneath giant, towering pines, with rows and rows of lawn chairs filled with people enjoying the sounds of Bluegrass.

When the music has stopped,the park itself, built by Floyd Salmon and his wife Fannie, is a living museum. Much has been added to it over the past 40-plus years of its life with dozens of old buildings. Many of them contain artifacts from the early 20th century, buildings lined up and presented in a way to make visitors believe they are out of place and time. Visitors to the park should take a day to explore everything it offers.

So for families wanting to say goodbye to summer on a high note, then go to Grapeland and make it a lasting memory.