The lineup of musicians set to hit the main stage at the fourth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival will be unveiled this Saturday at a performance by the Boscoe France Band at Ferdinand’s American Legion located along Main Street in Ferdinand.

A native of Madisonville, Kentucky, France gained national attention late last year when he took home the top honor in the Guitar Center’s “Battle of the Blues” competition in California.

France successfully marries incredible slide guitar skills with arrangements heavy in blues to create a mesmerizing, if unconventional, performance. Show time will be at 8 pm with tickets for the event, also a fundraiser for the Fest, available for $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 367-2282 or emailing

The fourth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, September 21st  in Ferdinand’s beautiful 18th Street Park.

As has been the case with the first three fests, this event is family-friendly, will feature activities for all ages, and is free to attend.

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Ireland’s Miss Shamrock Queen Pageant is today. The event will begin at 7 pm at the Ireland Elementary School gymnasium. There are seven contestants in the pageant: 18-year-old Anicia Ashby, 18-year old Kendra Egler, 16-year-old Colleen Hopf, 18-year-old Shelby Hopf, 18-year-old Rachael Knies, 20-year-old Ashten Neukam, and 18-year-old Gabbi Skaggs. Six of the contestants are current students at Jasper High School and Neukam is attending Morehead State University. This year’s pageant will also mark the debut of the people’s choice award among the contestants and a parade for children ages 2 through 7.

The event is part of Ireland’s week-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Also related to this event, the Ireland’s Got Talent event scheduled for this upcoming Sunday has been cancelled.


Another Ireland event taking place on Sunday is a one hour movie showcasing the story of Father Michael McGivney, whose efforts in the 1880’s resulted in the founding of the Knights of Columbus. The movie is scheduled to start at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm. The movie is open to the public.


The Jasper Deutscherverein will meet on Thursday, March 21st at VFW post #673. Doors open at 6:00 pm, Meeting starts at 6:30. Irish stew will be served as the main course. Members with last names beginning A-I bring salads, J-R home made breads to go with stew, and S-Z desserts.