Music lovers, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8. Top local talent will be showcased at the Van Buren County Literacy Council’s benefit Clinton Music Festival, which will be held at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds from 1-10 p.m.

There will be gospel music from 1-5 p.m. when country and bluegrass take over. Jammers are welcome to bring their instruments to play in a relaxed setting between the featured music groups. Dino the Dinosaur Bounce House will provide entertainment for the kids.

Admission is free. Concessions and raffle tickets will be sold to benefit the Literacy Council and donations will be accepted at the festival.

All proceeds will go toward buying textbooks, workbooks and other instructional materials to help the many adults in the county who have difficulty reading. The council also needs room dividers, whiteboards, and a new copy machine for their new classroom. In addition, the funds will support The Head Start Book Give-Away program in which every Head Start student in the county receives a free book each month, as well as giving each child a book at Christmas through the Angel Tree program.

Gospel groups include The Nelson Family, The King’s Highway, Amen Gospel Choir, The Southard’s, Determined by Grace and The Baker Bunch. The Southard’s come back with some old-time bluegrass, Brian Martin sings folk/blues, Kasey Kimmons entertains with folk/pop/country, and the featured country band from 8 to 10 in the evening is Lucky Draw. All musicians are donating their time and talent for this fundraiser. For further information call 253-1873.