It’s that time of the year again – the Lafayette Lions Clubs’ highly anticipated 35th Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days event is just around the corner, scheduled for June 17-19th 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 34.
Beginning on Thursday, June 17th, 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, Mr. Ercie’s famous 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 (ages 16-50), male vocalist 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.
For the first time in Macon County Hillbilly Days history, this year’s event will also include the Ped Scruggs Memorial Fiddle Challenge at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, which will allow Jr. and Sr. Fiddle Contest winners to compete against each other.
At 4:15 the Buck Dance competition will begin for those 15 years old and under, and those over 15 will compete at 4:45.
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.
The Bluegrass Band Competition, better known as “The Big Show,” will end the 3-day event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, with the first place winner bringing home $700, the second place champ awarded $400 and the third place victor presented $200. A $30 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.
Judges for this year’s competitions will be Jim Wood, Fred Duggin and Boyd Deering. Sound and equipment will be provided by James Arnett.
Other activities for guests to enjoy throughout the event will be a variety of arts and crafts booths, plenty of 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 Bluegrass music, entertainment, food and fun!