Music festival celebrates Patsy Cline’s birthday

The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held this weekend in Patsy Cline’s hometown of Winchester as a way of honoring the singer near the anniversary of her birthday, which is on Thursday.

Frances Lowe, a board member of the nonprofit corporation Celebrating Patsy Cline, said the festival has been growing each year. This will be its third year, and the group expects an attendance of 500.

“It is an exciting way to honor our hometown celebrity,” Lowe said.

Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the weekend-long celebration that begins with a block party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House at 608 S. Kent Street.

Music entertainers include Melissa Wright, from noon to 1 p.m., followed by Angelina Diana, who was the winner of April’s Patsy Cline Sing-a-Song contest in Winchester. Liz Ruffner will follow Diana.

The event is free and open to the public. Tours of the Patsy Cline Historic House will be offered at a reduced rate of $5.

The second festival event, Saturday Night Shindig, will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson on U.S. Route 50, east of Winchester.

Diana will open the concert, and the band Viva la Muerta will headline.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Food, wine and beer will also be available for purchase.

Festival tickets are available online at celebratingpatsycline.org, at the Patsy Cline Historic House, at G&M Music at 2640 Valley Ave., at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center and at the Apple Blossom Mall information desk.

Lowe said that proceeds from the festival will be used for continuous operation of the Historic House to honor Cline.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com