Pack up the lawn chairs and bring the entire family out to the 39th Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days event sponsored by the Lafayette Lions on June 19, 20 and 21 at Key Park.
Beginning on Thursday, June 20th, an opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., followed up by the Itty Bitty Hillbilly Beauty Pageant at 6:30 and a cakewalk also at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, the gospel concert will take place at 6 p.m. with around eight groups performing, and the highly anticipated ‘All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry’ will be sure to draw a crowd. 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.
Saturday will be jam-packed with exciting instrumental events for all ages kicking-off at 10 a.m. with a flat top guitar showdown, followed by mandolin, beginning fiddle (under 16), harmonica, claw hammer banjo, Scruggs style banjo, Jr. Fiddle (ages 16-50), Sr. Fiddle (51 and up) and the 5th Annual Ped Scruggs Memorial Fiddle Challenge.
At 1 p.m., the Fried Pie Contest will be held at the back pavilion, followed by an the Billy & Joanna Roark Community Service Award and the Mr. & Mrs. Hillbilly contest will be held around 3:45. This year’s Mr. Hillbilly is Bill Gordon and the 2014 Mrs. Hillbilly is Latise Jones. The two will battle it out to see which club raised the most money, with the loser receiving a pie to the face!
Singing and dance competitions will take begin at 4 p.m. with the Buck Dance competition (ages 15 and under), followed by the 16 and up Buck Dance performers at 4:15, male vocalist performances at 4:30 p.m. and female vocalist performances at 5:30 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, harmonica 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, harmonica 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, harmonica and beginning fiddle categories and $25 in all other categories.
The entry fee for each category is $5.
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 Ken Collins, Lisa Gore and Jonah Beasley. 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, contests and plenty of games and rides for children.
“We already have over 100 vendors scheduled to set up booths during this year’s Hillbilly Days,” said Lafayette Lioness Club Secretary Monica Gann, “and we are still getting calls from people!”
Those who plan to attend are encouraged bring their lawn chairs and settle in for a day of Bluegrass music, entertainment, food and fun!
“Everyone looks forward to this event each year,” Gann remarked. “It’s a fun, family-friendly event, and it serves a great purpose. We hope to see everyone at this year’s Macon County Hillbilly Days…you won’t want to miss it!”