Most Macon Countian’s look forward to Hillbilly Days coming back into town. The great arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, and tasty food Hillbilly Days brings to Lafayette is enough to get all of us hopping on down to Key Park.
On Thursday, June 19th the 33rd Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days will kick off the weekend long celebration with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. followed by the “Itty Bitty Hillbillies” beauty pageant at 6:30 p.m. The famous cake walk will start at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, fill your mind with spiritual enlightenment at the Gospel Concert beginning at 6 p.m. and fill your stomach at the All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry, which comes with Catfish, fries, slaw, and Ms. Ercie’s hush puppies, and a drink. Adult plates are $7 and children’s plates (under 12) are $4.
On Saturday, June 21, the day is packed with talented musicians. Beginning at 10 a.m. hear sounds from the Flat Top Guitar, 10:30 a.m. Dobro, 11 a.m. Mandolin, 11:45 a.m. Beginning Fiddle (talent under 16), 12:15 p.m. Banjo, 1 p.m. Jr. Fiddle, also at 1 p.m. the Fried Pie Contest will be held in the back pavilion, at 1:45 p.m. the Male Vocalist competition, 2:45 p.m. Sr. Fiddle (talent age 51 & up), 3:30 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Hillbilly and other contestants.
For those of you who do not know about the Mr. & Mrs. Hillbilly contest, the Lion’s & Lioness Club have nominated two of their members to battle each other to see who can raise the most money until Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The looser will then have to be placed in a chair in front of the whole crowd to receive a pie in the face from the winning opponent. This year, the nominee from the Lion’s Club is Mr. Michael Johnson and the Lion’s Lioness Club nominee is Mrs. Brenda Coley.
“The Lion’s & Lioness’ Club helps a lot of people with sight and hearing problems,” Mrs. Hillbilly nominee Brenda Coley commented, and explained this is the program that is supported from donations people make during Hillbilly Days. “The Lion’s International club donated a lot of money this year to help victims of the tornado,” Mr. Hillbilly nominee Michael Johnson added.
Mr. & Mrs. Hillbilly are asking for donations from now until June 21 and they will be seen throughout Hillbilly Day’s with their donation bucket for everyone’s loose change.
At 4 p.m., the Rhythm-in-Motion Clogging team will kick off the dancing portion of the day, followed by the Buck Dance (age 15 and under) at 4:15. The (over age 15) Buck Dance will begin at 4:45 p.m. and the dancing entertainment will close with the Rhythm-in-Motion Clogging team at 5:15 p.m. The Female Vocalist competition will begin at 5:30 p.m.
THE BIG SHOW will begin at 7 p.m. with the Blue Grass Band Competition. The entry fee for this competition is $25. These bands will earn the chance to win $700 for 1st place honors, $400 for 2nd place, and $200 for 3rd place. The 1st and 2nd place bands are asked to give an encore performance for 30 minutes after the contest is completed.
We have talked about the good eating, and entertainment, but what about something for the kids? Kids listen up… there will be just as many games and rides as last year, and possibly more. So, moms, dads, grandparents, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, second, third, and fourth of kin, friends, and neighbors grab your lawnchairs and come on out for a great weekend of music, fun, fellowship, and good eatin.