HaydenFest Saturday to feature Bucky Covington

Tilly Dillehay

May 26, 2014

This Saturday, come out to the Macon County Fairgrounds and enjoy the 5th Annual Haydenfest Outdoor Music Festival. This year, former American Idol contestant and three-time Country Top 10 artist Bucky Covington will be headlining.

“This is going to be a little bit different from those we’ve done in the past,” said organizer Fellisha Shrum. “We’ll still have the food and the t-shirts and the kids games. And we’ll have a live auction for a few items. But normally we have a lot more local bands. Unfortunately, when Bucky agreed to do this show, it put our date about a month sooner than normal.

“He didn’t run our other bands away at all, but having him really made things move a little faster than normal, so we decided we’d have this show now and then maybe have the normal local band lineup a little later, possibly in October. But when you get somebody like that offer to do it, you hate to say no.”

So this year, there will be two main acts: the band MedRock will be opening for Bucky. Gates open at 4, MedRock goes on between 5:00 and 5:30, and Bucky will be on at 7:00 (he’ll play to 8:30 or 9:00).

Among the items up for auction are two guitars, one signed by American Idol star Scotty McCreery, and the other one signed by Bucky.

Tickets are $15. Kids 10 and under get in free.

This event is in memory of Hayden Shrum, who organized the first music festival like it five years ago.