7/8/17 – A music festival is being held in Mayville today to raise money for a walking and biking path that will honor fallen veterans. Proceeds from the Second Annual Mudslide and Friends Jamfest will help fund the first segment of the Gold Star Memorial Trail, which would connect Mayville to the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area. Future segments would incorporate Horicon and Beaver Dam. The first phase initially had a price tag of $650-thousand dollars but unforeseen expenses added an additional quarter million dollars to the final cost. A Gold Star Family is the name given to those who have lost a loved one while defending our country. Andrew Johnson, whose son was killed in combat overseas, told us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment that he wants to see the trail become a reality so it can be a happy place to celebrate the freedoms the fallen soldiers defended. Johnson says fundraisers like today’s music festival, will go a long way toward completing the project, in spite of recent delays. Festival organizer Cindy Steinbach says a local favorite and several of his fellow musicians will be performing. Mayville-native Dave “Mudslide” Gruenewald, who now lives in Arizona, will be headlining an all-star jam. Mudslide performed with the Ruby Star Band, which attained national prominence in the 1970’s and 80’s and was closely affiliated with Black Oak Arkansas. The line-up also includes Lynnette and the Rock Daddy’s, Backlash and TFT. The festival runs today from 2pm to 8pm at Fireman’s Park in Mayville. Admission is free. Proceeds from food and drink sales as well as direct donations will go toward phase one of the Gold Star Memorial Trail.