Floyd & Fannie Salmon
37th Annual Bluegrass Festival - Aug 29, 30, 31, Sept 1, 2013
Texas Bluegrass Association Please Contact 832 712 2445 or email
Angie for Festival Info
(Band Booking, Ticket Sales, Etc.)
The Salmons will continue to manage the park, rv rentals,
family reunions and cabin rentals. For information or reservations,
Please Call 936 687 2594 during business hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00
1700 ft grass airstrip
WELCOME TO SALMON LAKE PARK
"Home of the Annual Bluegrass Festival"
HISTORY OF SALMON LAKE PARK
Floyd and Fannie Salmon of Grapeland could well fit the term
"Jack-of-all-Trades." It all began as part of their dream of
owning land with lots of trees and water.
In 1960, they acquired fifty acres of completely desolate land
which Floyd cleared and built himself, a lake for watering cattle.
A few years later, with the help of Floyd's dad, Jake, the idea
came to them to open their lake to the public. They began
transforming the land into a lovely, nostalgic park. The lake was
cleaned and made into a beautiful swimming lake with a sand
bottom, plenty of sand beaches, piers and diving boards. Almost
300 camper hookups were installed. Floyd was able to move old
buildings and mule-drawn equipment onto the land. Some of these
buildings date back to the early 1900's. He and Fannie began
renovating the buildings, being careful to keep the old style and
character of each building intact. The buildings are now being
used for cabins, reunion halls, old stores and other places of
business. Floyd then built a ten foot water wheel which would
power a grist mill. Salmon Lake Park is truly a beautiful park for
all to enjoy.
Salmon Lake Park is also Home of The Annual Bluegrass Festival
The seed was planted for the future of bluegrass music at Salmon
Lake Park when Earl Garner of Elkhart, Texas, dropped by and
suggested that the park would be a great place for a bluegrass
festival. Earl is a well-known personality in bluegrass music
throughout the country. Bluegrass music originated in the hills of
Kentucky and Virginia and spread southwest to become one of the
most popular forms of family entertainment. The instruments
used a flat-top guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, dobro and
five-string banjo. There are no electrical
Promoted by Joe Featherston and Floyd Salmon,
the first bluegrass festival became a reality in 1976.
Labor Day weekend was chosen for the annual event.
Friday evening marked the opening of the festival and
Sunday morning was enhanced with worship services and
bluegrass gospel music. These Labor Day weekend traditions are
still in existence. Gradually, arts and crafts were added
to accommodate the rapidly growing crowds. A variety of
home-cooked foods and cold drinks are readily available.
Also added is the Gospel Bluegrass Festival held every Memorial