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Museum of Appalachia holding 33rd homecoming

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 11:02 am •  Published: October 12, 2012

"We just go because we love it," said California resident Jill Worley, a member of Lillies of the West, an all-woman, old-time string band that has attended homecoming for 19 years.

They will be performing four times today on the main stage.

This is the eighth year that Danny and Debbie Dunn drove from Union Grove, Ala., to the festival. "I have a real thing for old log structures, and I also like the bluegrass and mountain music," Debbie Dunn said. She said they are bringing a Scottish Highland calf as a donation to the museum.

Meyer said several performers have been recruited this homecoming in a bid to appeal to the younger set. Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, an award-winning bluegrass band, is one of the new groups.

Meyer said her father, John Rice Irwin, who launched the festival, continues to recuperate from a stroke and hopes to make an appearance during the event.

"We love him," Debbie Dunn said of Irwin. "He is just the salt of the earth."

Homecoming will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Sunday. Adult tickets range from $30 for one day to $75 for the entire event.