15th Annual

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 19, 20 & 21, 2019
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
In Memorium
Richard Lee Taberna
It is with great sadness that we must report the passing on January 4, 2010 of one of our backstage managers, Rich Taberna.  Rich has worked backstage with us since the very first Big Horn Mountain Festival and was one of the original festival organizers.  Rich was an excellent guitar picker and musician.  He played professionally in a number of bands and among his many achievements was the personal representative and venue manager for Ian Tyson.  His dedication to the Big Horn Mountain Festival made his family a part of our festival family.  All of our stage backdrops were designed and created by his wife, Paula, and his daughters, Margaret and Maggie, have been a part of our band check-in and greeting each year (as well as being two fine budding bluegrass musicians).  Rich is survived by his wife, Paula; a son, Joseph Paul Taberna of Big Horn; two daughters, Magdalena Rose Taberna and Margaret Lee Taberna, both of Big Horn; a half sister, Jackie Green; and three stepsisters, Cinder Destefano and Shannon Dahl of Sheridan and Jerry Lee Hershrud of Columbus, Mont.  In honor of Rich’s life and his love to his family, our festival, and our community, we dedicate the 6th Annual Big Horn Mountain Festival to his name and memory.
Steve Lawrence
It is with great sadness that we report the passing on June 18, 2008 of one of our favorite stage announcers, Steve Lawrence.  Steve had been one of our regular announcers from the very first Big Horn Mountain Festival.  Often referred to as the “Voice of Buffalo” Steve had been an announcer for KBBS for 38 years and was the regular host of Community Speaks and the Buffalo Bison games, both home and away.  Steve was an ardent supporter of the Festival and Festival committee members frequently appeared as his guests on Community Speaks for promotion of this great community event.  Steve is survived by his wife Janet of Buffalo, two sons, and one daughter.  We miss him dearly and our prayers go to his wife and family.  In honor of Steve’s life and his love to his family and our community, we dedicate the 4th Annual Big Horn Mountain Festival to his name and memory.
Pat Hansen

The Big Horn Mountain Festival lost a friend and major supporter with the passing of Pat Hansen of Billings, Montana, on May 11, 2008.  Pat’s unexpected passing while vacationing in France left a void in the lives of many people he had touched through his love of music.  Pat’s support of musicians, musical events, and music associations throughout the region in Montana and Wyoming transcended mere generosity, and had far-reaching and long-lasting impacts over many years.  Through his business, Hansen Music, he cheerfully supported the Big Horn Mountain Festival from its inception to the present, and truly helped ensure the success of our fledgling event.  It is with sadness that we mark Pat’s passing, and while we are left with the feeling that we were never quite able to thank him enough for all he did… we will always remember him.
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