Today Mr. and Mrs. Hillbilly are [in]formally inviting you to pack up your corncob slingin’ chillins and git down to the 38th Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days festival this weekend! This favorite yearly event runs June 19, 20, and 21—Thursday to Saturday—at Lafayette’s own Key Park.
The weekend begins Thursday with opening ceremonies at 6 pm. The “Itty Bitty Hillbillies” Beauty Pageant starts immediately after at 6:30. If you’ve never seen a toddler in overalls chewing on a piece of straw and carrying a tin pail of possum innards, make a point of coming out to see this.
A cakewalk will also begin Thursday night at 6:30.
Friday features the All-you-can-eat Fish Fry, where you can have as much fish, fries, slaw, hush puppies, and drink as you want for just $8.00 ($5 for children under 12). A gospel concert will be at 6 pm that night.
Saturday is a full day of musical shenanigans. Musical contests are held in each category, with a $5 entry fee for each and a variety of prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
The schedule is as follows:
10:00 am-Flat Top Guitar; 10:30 am-Mandolin; 11:00 am-Beginning Fiddle (under 16); 11:30 am-Harmonica; 12:00 pm-Banjo; 1:00 pm-Clawhammer Style Banjo; 1:00 pm-Scruggs Style Banjo; 2:00 pm-Jr. Fiddle (ages 16-50); 2:30 pm-Sr. Fiddle (ages 51+); 3:00 pm-4th Annual Ped Scruggs Memorial Fiddle Challenge-Jr. Fiddle vs. Sr. Fiddle winners; 3:30 pm-Billy and Joanna Roark Community Service Award; 3:45 Mr. and Ms. Hillbilly and other contests; 4:00 pm Buck Dance (age 15 & under); 4:15 pm-Buck Dance (16+); 4:30-Male Vocalist (1 song); 5:30-Female vocalist (1 song).
Judges this year are Ken Collins, Lisa Gore, and Jonah Beasley. Sound by James Arnett.
The big show at 7:00 pm involves a bluegrass band competition, with a $30 entry fee, a $700 1st place prize, $400 2nd place prize, and a $200 3rd place prize. Competition sign-ups will all be done on the day of.
There will also be a Fried Pie Contest at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the back pavillion.
In addition to all this wild entertainment, there will be a fountain of good southern food for sale from various food booths, most of which are returning favorites from previous years. There’ll be games and rides for the kids, arts and crafts booths, and lots of other vendors.
As in the past, the Lions and Lioness Clubs have worked hard in their competition to raise money for the club cause (aid for the hearing and sight impaired). At 3:45, a winner will be announced, and this lucky individual, be it the Mr. or the Mrs., will publically “pie” the face of the losing Mrs. or Mr.!