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Ohio County barred Mercer from holding the festival at Bill Monroe’s home place this year. Mercer moved the festivities to the adjacent property, which he owns. Regardless of what happens in the lawsuit, Mercer believes the county will eventually put Monroe’s name to good use in promoting the festival.

It started Thursday and runs through the weekend and is expected to draw 15,000 to 20,000 people.

“It’s a beautiful place. I own it, so I’m not going to evict myself,” Mercer said. “I think it will eventually all come together.”