|6,000 Attend Hillbilly Days|
|Tuesday, June 23, 2009|
A crowd estimated at over 6,000 people came from near and far this past weekend for the Lions Club 34th Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days at Key Park, here in Lafayette, to once again enjoy three fun-filled days and nights of music, games, good food, and seeing old friends and neighbors.
Despite the soaring temperatures and 100 plus heat index, little kids and adults, as well as grandmas and grandpas mingled among the many different booths, kid rides, food and ice cream stands. The shade from the tall oaks and maples on Mrs. Virginia Key’s old home place, as well as a light breeze, provided some relief for the enthusiastic crowd.
The late Cayce Russell’s dream of bringing back the “old time ways” and the best of bluegrass and country music, was once again realized as some of the best musicians and dancers in the area, participated in the various contests.
Winners in the entertainment section were:
Flat Top Guitar
Buck Dance (under 15)
Buck Dance (over 15)
Best Overall Pie
Mr. and Miss Hillbilly were Charlie Jones and Renita Wilson; the oldest person attending was Hobart Hoskins, age 80; the youngest attending was Mr. Hayden Wright, 5 weeks old; the farthest traveled was Gracie Turley, from Austin, Texas, who traveled 915 miles; the longest married couple attending was Jack and Alma McClard; Mr. Hillbilly costume contest winner was Dewitt Gass and Miss Hillbilly costume contest winner was Jennifer Knight.
WEEN Radio broadcast live and the Macon County Chronicle covered the three day event, which was once again a huge success with everybody smiling, patting their feet to the music, and having the time of their lives. Thirty-four years after the first Hillbilly Day was held on May 22nd, 1975, folks in Macon County are still enjoying Cayce’s dream and we certainly owe this wonderful man a large debt of gratitude.