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Fight against cancer featured at Bluegrass festival

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Music filled the air in Raleigh County over Mother's Day weekend as bluegrass musicians took the stage to raise money in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

The Second Annual "Remembering Danny Hiser" Bluegrass Festival was held at the Shady Rest RV Park off of Pluto Road. Bands from West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky showed up to play at the event.  The festival was organized by Matt Hiser, the son of Danny Hiser.  The elder Hiser, who died of pancreatic cancer, was considered one of the best banjo pickers on the east coast, according to a release.

More than $1,600 was raised for the Pancreatic Action Network at the festival.  Organizer Matt Hiser said the money is still coming in from the two-day event.  Bands included The Riding Hard Bluegrass Band out of Greenbrier County, Blue rockin' Grass from Marion, Virginia, Leftover 301 from Mercer County, Kelley Nelson from Castlewood, Virginia, Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band, and Cumberland Gap Connection out of Belfry, Kentucky, and West Virginia's own, Stacy Grubb.  More than 300 people showed up to the festival.

Matt Hiser said this cancer charity was selected because 85-cents of every dollar goes directly to programs and research, with just 15% going to administrative costs.