‘The Banjo Bear,' a Main Street fixture, plays for the kids


Rick Edenfield, “the Banjo Bear,” can be found just about every day plucking on Main Street in Crestview.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Banjoist Rick Edenfield, a familiar sight on Main Street, parks on a bench and plucks out tunes to entertain passersby.

Particularly Crestview children.

“I sit here and do this for the kids,” said Edenfield, also known as “the Banjo Bear,” or just "Bear." “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t come down here. I’d get on my hands and knees and crawl down here if it meant playing for a kid.”

It hasn't come to that, but Edenfield, who uses a cane, regularly walks along Ferdon Boulevard to and from downtown, toting his banjo case, wearing a vest and an old fedora.

Neighborhood children enjoy listening to his virtuosity, and he’s always glad to oblige.

But Edenfield's musical roots go back much farther than today's generation. He's been playing the banjo in bluegrass and country bands for 47 years.

'Pretty talented'

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