It’s that time of the year again – the Lafayette Lions Club’s highly anticipated 34th Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days event is just around the corner, scheduled for June 18-20th at Key Park.
With a variety of activities planned each day, including the popular ‘Fried Pie Contest,’ ‘Itty Bitty Hillbillies Beauty Pageant,’ and the ‘Mr. & Mrs. Hillbilly Contest’ this year’s event is sure to draw the same large crowd of Hillbillies as it has over the last 33.
Beginning on Thursday, June 18th, guests will be welcomed by an opening ceremony at 6 p.m., which will be followed up by the Itty Bitty Hillbilly Beauty Pageant at 6:30 and a cakewalk at 7:30.
Friday, the gospel concert will take place at 6 p.m. along with the tummy pleasing ‘All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry.’ Cost for the fish fry, which includes catfish, slaw, fries, hushpuppies and a drink, will be $8 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the music competition begins with a flat top guitar showdown followed by dobro, mandolin, beginning fiddle (under 16), banjo, Jr. Fiddle and Sr. Fiddle (51 and up) competitions.
At 1 p.m., the Fried Pie Contest will be held at the back pavilion and the Mr. & Mrs. Hillbilly and other contests will be held at 3:30.
Song and dance competitions will take place from 1:45 to 5:30 p.m. with categories ranging from male and female vocalists, to buck dancers.
The Rhythm-In-Motion Clogging Team will also be performing for those in attendance at 4 p.m. and again at 5:15 p.m.
First place winners in the music and dance competitions will win $150 in the Jr. Fiddle & Sr. Fiddle categories, $50 in the buck dance and beginning fiddle categories and $100 for all other categories.
Second place winners will win $75 in the Jr. & Sr. Fiddle categories, $25 in the buck dance and beginning fiddle categories and $50 in all other categories.
Third place winners will receive $35 in the Jr. & Sr. Fiddle categories, $15 in the buck dance and beginning fiddle categories and $25 in all other categories.
A $2 entry fee is required to compete in the music competitions.
The Bluegrass Band Competition, better known as “The Big Show,” will end the 3-day event at 7 p.m., with the first place winner bringing home $700, the second place champ awarded $400 and the third place victor presented $200. A $25 entry fee is required to compete in the bluegrass competition and first and second place bands will perform for 30 minutes each after the competition is completed.
Those planning to compete in any of the competitions are to be registered at least one hour prior to the scheduled time of the category competing in.
Other activities for guests to enjoy throughout the event will be arts and crafts booths, games and rides for children, the presentation of the Roaring Lion Community Award and contests for the youngest and oldest in attendance, the farthest traveled and the longest married couple.
Those who plan to attend are welcome to bring their lawn chairs and settle in for a day of entertainment and fun!