Osborne, a member of the Dean Osborne Band, as a child learned at the knee of J.D. Crowe, one of the masters of the five-string banjo, and knows first hand the power of music on children.
Wilmore Elementary School music teacher Leo Labrillazo has been instrumental in getting the musicians into the school and bringing bluegrass music to the students.
"It is a great opportunity for the students to come out and see where the music is played, and gives them a feeling of what it's like at the festival," Labrillazo said.
Labrillazo said he had incorporated bluegrass music into his curriculum the last few years and because it is an important part of their history.
"Not only does bluegrass music fit into the state's core music requirements it also is part of the social studies requirement," he said. "Students should be learning about the culture of music in Kentucky, and I find as we study it, many of them have musicians in their families or know some musicians."
The festival will conduct workshops for the students on the history of string instruments and bluegrass music, as well as youth camps and other activities.
This year's festival will include some new activities such as a vintage car display, an arts and crafts show and The Great Bluegrass Grill Off competition.
Also for the first time a poster design contest was held, for the design of the first commemorative poster which will be sold at the festival.
The festival takes place Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.
Camping with electricity will be available at the festival as well as primitive tent campsites.