From West Virginia, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and beyond, bluegrass legends and neophytes alike will converge on Eureka Springs, Arkansas for the 8th annual Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival August 19-22. The entire weekend is FREE and open to the public. The festival opens with the "Watermelon Social" at 7:00pm August 19 in Basin Spring Park--folks will be able to gather in random groups to play bluegrass. The next morning, Aug.20, the first of 10 free shows that day in Basin Spring Park features the Hobnobbers. Following them will be the Cobb Family--all youngsters under age 16--along with the Roving Gamblers, the HillBenders, the Dragonmasters, and the Williams Family, who have performed at every Eureka Springs Bluegrass festival since its inception. Then on Aug.21st more free concerts during the dayin Bason Spring Park, and an evening concert at 7:30pm in the City Auditorium featuring Mr.Big, Arkansas Red, Tim Crouch, and Retro and Smiling. The festival has had to make a last-minute change regarding the weekend's headliner. Melvin Goins has just suffered a heart attack and is currently recuperating; replacing him on the bill Saturday night is bluegrass legend Mike Wilkins. The festival concludes Sunday Aug.22nd with one more free show--the Williams Family perform gospel music from 11am to 3pm in Basin Spring Park. For tickets and other information call toll-free 1(888) 582-2220, or visit www.eurekaspringsbluegrassfestival.com.