Bluegrass Battling Hunger in Downtown St. Joseph

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 09/27 2013 10:39PM

Updated 09/28 2013 07:21PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's pickin' and grinnin' for a cause at the 4th annual Bluegrass Battles Hunger event in downtown St. Joseph.

The music festival kicked off with a good crowd catching the bands.

Admission is free through they are taking both food and cash donations for America's Second Harvest.

Organizers hope to beat last year's collection of $1,600 in cash and 1,500 lbs. of food donations.

"Just to have an event that promotes hunger awareness in our region knowing that we serve 19 counties is great," said Chad Higdon, Executive Director of America's Second Harvest in St. Joseph. "To be able to have this captive audience that's here for great music can say that they're also supporting a great cause is wonderful."

"It's a good, fun-loving music," said Frank Poores, who said he supports all local music. "It makes people immediately want to tap their feet, snap their fingers, shake their head or whatever."

Bluegrass Battles Hunger continues Saturday. The music will start at 2 p.m.

The headline act Saturday evening will be the Grammy-nominated band The Grascals.

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