Sanders Bluegrass Retired

The family that organizes the annual Sanders Family Bluegrass Festival west of McAlester, Okla., has announced it is shuttering the bash.

A variety of factors, including gas prices and the age of family members contributed to the decision, Jo Sanders said. "We all decided to [end] it," she said. "Everybody’s getting older."

Freddie and Joe Sanders had organized the festival every June for the last 31 years. The fest has featured stars such as Bill Monroe and Dr. Ralph Stanley in recent years.