This was the first year the Stanleys organized the festival and at the opening they gave a plaque to the man who made it possible the previous 22 years, Don Eaves
The casually-clad Eaves said in amusement, "If I knew I would be getting this, I'd dress better."
thanked the Stanleys, then thanked the audience for being there.
Twenty-three years ago, Eaves
, Phillip Sikes and the then-Mayor of Overton, Jack Barrett, decided their town could use a social boost.
To show people what a good town Overton is," Eaves
Eaves managed the Bluegrass Festival from beginning to 2010.
own band, Hickory Hill, has never missed an Overton performance.
Eaves left Hickory Hill in 2009.
Veteran members Early and Stegall and Eaves formed Hickory Hill in 1979 with Ronny Singley and Roland Foster.