Macon County Chronicle

6,000 Attend Hillbilly Days

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
1st Fred Dugan
2nd Rob Pearcy
3rd Carl Cladwell

1st Rob Pearcy
2nd Boyd Deering
3rd Samuel Vance

1st Samuel Vance
2nd Rob Pearcy
3rd John Cross

1st Herman Ray
2nd Rob Pearcy
3rd Miles Gibson

Jr. Fiddle
1st Ashley Sullivan
2nd Mary Rachel Nalley
3rd John Rader

1st Carl Caldwell
2nd Rob Pearcy
3rd John Rader

Sr. Fiddle
1st Carl Franklin
2nd Don Sadler
3rd R.B. Scruggs

Buck Dance (under 15)
1st Sierra Tomlin
2nd Tori West
3rd Rachel Huddleston

Buck Dance (over 15)
1st Melissa Pack
2nd Tammy Scruggs
3rd Miles Stewart

Male Vocalist
1st Carl Caldwell
2nd Jonah Beasley
3rd John Connor

Female Vocalist
1st Sierra Tomlin
2nd Lashell Stears
3rd Melissa Stone

Bluegrass Band
1st Clearview
2nd Slow Gold
3rd Old Hickory

Best Overall Pie
1st Betty Burgett
2nd Tammy Driver
3rd Jessie Gregory

Variety Pie
1st Tammy Driver
2nd Tammy Driver
3rd Tammy Driver

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.