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Twisted Creek will be the site of a benefit Bluegrass Farm Jam on June 29. Twisted Creek owners, from left, Jim and Nancy Holler opted to donate the musical event’s proceeds to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), of which Jim was a founding member. Also shown are, Elida Murray, CAC executive director, and, at far right, Jackie Hendricks, CAC office manager.

Twisted Creek Farm, a ranch nestled in the back roads of Fairfield will be the site of the first Bluegrass Farm Jam on June 29.

Jim and Nancy Holler, residents of Twisted Creek, transformed the roughly 30 acres of land into a time capsule of western culture. Visitors to the farm are greeted by the sight of lush, green grass spotted with Angus cattle.

The property that now has a Critter Barn, Country Store, music stage, saloon and pavilion started from humble beginnings, said Nancy.

After the Holler’s previous property in West Virginia sold faster than expected, they were forced to quickly relocate and found the Twisted Creek property.

The property was in need of some work when they first bought the land, said Nancy. Over time, the ranch evolved into a location the Hollers welcome the community to explore and use to entertain.

“(Jim) has a need to stay busy, so each year he would find something else that he could do to add to (the property),” Nancy said.

Anyone may visit the Farm Store and Critter Barn on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The rustic Farm Store features a number of homemade crafted goods, ground chuck hamburger, eggs and hay. Visitors are also able to interact with baby calves and chickens in the Critter Barn, which was created for parents and children who may never have had the opportunity to experience farm animals up close.

The Hollers are hosting a few events on the property throughout the summer, with the kickoff event being a Bluegrass Farm Jam. In the past, Nancy said they have hosted “hoe-downs” with family and friends, but inspiration for this event was sparked by friends who dabble in bluegrass.

“Everybody kind of knows bluegrass. It’s kind of the background of our country almost,” Nancy said. “Everybody can probably connect with bluegrass somehow.”

Friends of the Hollers, the Home Comfort Bluegrass Band, will play at the event, starting at 6:30 p.m. Following the band’s set, attendees are welcome to show off their bluegrass talent in an “open jam session.” Folks attending are invited to bring their own instruments.

The proceeds from the Bluegrass Farm Jam event will benefit the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC is a local nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and intervening on behalf of those affected by child abuse.

“Our vision is that we have a community and we support a community where children are safe and families are strong,” Elida Murray, executive director of the CAC, said. “When we have wonderful people like the Hollers who want to help us to promote that message and support us in that way, we’re incredibly grateful.”

Jim Holler was a founding member of the CAC in the early 2000s, so when brainstorming where the funds from the event would go, the CAC was at the “top of the list,” Nancy said. As the CAC works to advocate for children in cases of abuse, Murray says they are always looking for ways to provide more information about child abuse education.

“What the experts tell us is that when 5 percent of the adults in a community have the knowledge to respond to potential child abuse, that’s the tipping point for child abuse to begin to go down,” Murray said. “We’re really committed to that effort.”

Tickets for the event are $10 per person and are available by phone at (717)642-5898 or by email at nholler@twistedcreekfarmpa.com.

Beef sloppy joes, hot dogs and snacks will be available for purchase at the event. Twisted Creek Farm is located at 420 Crum Road in Fairfield; for more information, visit www.twistedcreekfarmpa.com.

Contact Josh Martin at jmartin@gettysburgtimes.com. Follow on Twitter at @JoshMartin33

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