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Half Moon Festival marks 12th year on Watts Bar Lake

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Pack up camping chairs and get ready to pull up those party barges for the 12th annual Half Moon Music Festival in Ten Mile.

This yearly showcase of area talent blends music and a relaxing day spent in the scenic Blue Springs Cove of Watts Bar Lake.

This year’s festival will be from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 10.

“The event is our way of giving back to the area,” said Wayne Tipps, Half Moon organizer.

“It is an opportunity for our community to come together and enjoy the natural resources of the area as well as enjoy some fantastic music,” he added.

The Streamliners will kick off this year’s event.

This Knoxville-based band includes some of the region's finest young jazz musicians and plays the hard-swinging music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

The East Tennessee Concert Band will begin its performance at 3 p.m.

This symphonic, classical band has a mix of both professional and amateur musicians from all walks of life who join together to create some of the area’s best classical music.

Founded in 1991, the group has performed around the globe and is noted for its quality wind ensemble music.

It is the 2007-08 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Silver Scroll, North America's most prestigious award for community concert bands.

The East Tennessee Concert Band is under the direction of Ric Best.

The Possum Hunters will bring the 2011 Half Moon Music Festival to a close.

This six-piece Bluegrass band, which will play from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., provides high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass music that appeals to people of all ages.

Songs range from driving traditional tunes to more modern sounding music with a rock or jazz flair played on bluegrass instruments.

Admission to the festival is free; donations will be accepted.

Music lovers may get to the festival via land or water.

Motorists may take Hwy. 58 South in Kingston and continue across the Tennessee River to Hwy. 304. Travel about 12 miles to Half Moon Shores Drive, turn right and follow the signs.

Those approaching by water can find the festival on Watts Bar Lake in Caney Creek (also known as Blue Springs Cove) across from mile-marker 547.

Enter the cove at no-wake speed. The festival is on a peninsula across from Blue Springs Marina.

Free parking is available at 118 Christy Lane in Ten Mile.

For more information on the festival or detailed directions visit www.halfmoonfest.com or find the event on Facebook by searching for Half Moon Music Festival.