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When the bluegrass festival comes to Raleigh, guides are needed to help the visually impaired

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World of Bluegrass 2018

The International Bluegrass Music Association conference, awards ceremony, Bluegrass Ramble and World of Bluegrass is in Raleigh, NC, Sept. 25-29, 2018. Find our stories here.

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Raleigh’s upcoming bluegrass festival is looking for a few good guides.

The festival, which happens Sept. 25-29 in downtown Raleigh, goes to great lengths to be inclusive — especially during the “Wide Open Bluegrass” outdoor program that weekend.

There’s a call for volunteers for its sighted-guide program to assist visually impaired attendees.

Pinecone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, produces Wide Open Bluegrass and is hoping for both more volunteers and clients for 2018. The service is free upon request.

Last year, nine people used sighted-guide services during the festival.

It’s an award-winning program. Last year, Pinecone programs manager Jamie Katz won a Kennedy Center LEAD Award for Emerging Leaders at the 2017 Leadership Exchange in the Arts & Disabilities Conference.

There is some advance training involved for volunteers, scheduled for August. For details about volunteering, see worldofbluegrass.org/participate/volunteer.

For information about other accessibility measures available during bluegrass week, see wideopenbluegrass.com/accessibility.

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