Blackey Improvement Committee started early in 2012 planning Blackey Day Festival, and it seems we blinked twice and it’s almost here.
All of our committee members took part in the planning of Blackey Day Festival. We worked to make this the best little festival in the county. We don’t have the space that most festivals have to work with, so we try to make do with the space we have and use it well.
We have all-day entertainment on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. We have some awesome local talent scheduled and some special performers including Dean Osborn and the Hazard Community and Technical College School of Bluegrass, and we have the band Long Shot from Mac Arts in Prestonsburg.
I have heard this band and they are good. They play oldtime rock and roll and much more. All the entertainers are great, so plan on coming to Blackey and staying all day.
I enjoy listening to all of them. They are all good.
Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m., Revelation Ranch’s drama team kicks off Blackey Day Festival, then at 6 p.m., we will have the Blackey Area’s Got Talent talent show. If you haven’t turned your entry in, you need to so they can make a schedule. Entry fee is $5, but first prize is $100, second is $50, and third is $25, and your talent doesn’t have to be singing.
Our area has got many different talents. We have no shortage of talents in our area .
We have inflatables and the Shriners train that will be sponsored by our County Judge Jim Ward, and Calvary Campus will be having games for the children, and it’s all free .
We have many varieties of food booths and some of them will be setting up on Friday, Oct. 12. So come out to the talent show and eat supper.
Our craft booths are all filled and we are going to have some beautiful and interesting crafts. I always look forward to looking at the homemade crafts.
We also have a silent auction with some really good items. We have several donations from places to visit in Tennessee and Myrtle Beach, S.C., so come and look for Christmas presents. It’s not that far off.
Also, it gets cool in October, so we have Blackey Day sweatshirts, long-sleeved and tee shirts and hats. You can pick them up at Cat’s Barber Shop at Ison, or at Blackey Day Festival.
‘Take Me Home, County Roads’ is our logo this year, and the shirts are really pretty. The cost is $15 for sweats, $12 for long-sleeved tees, $10 for short-sleeved tees, and $8 for hats.
They will also have a big, country breakfast at Blackey Missionary Baptist Church in Blackey starting at 8 a.m. The cost is $5 and all proceeds go to the church.
So plan on coming to Blackey Day Festival on Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, and stay all day with us.
The entertainment will be awesome and the food wonderful, starting with breakfast at the church.
Bring family and friends and spend Friday evening and all day Saturday at Blackey. If you live away, come home. If you live locally, bring yourself a chair if you want to, but come to our Blackey Day celebration.
The leaves are already beginning to change colors and the temperatures are beginning to feel like fall, so by Oct. 12 and 13 it should be just about perfect, and a good day to spend outside under the big tent and visit old friends and family, and look for treasures at the craft booths and silent auctions.
I think this is the last outdoor festival we have this year.
So come join the fun on Friday, Oct. 12 from 5to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Blackey Day Festival
Saturday, Oct. 13
Welcome: Loye Caudill
Mountain Heritage Head Start
Prayer: Wallace Bolling
10 a.m.: Jack Adams and Lee Sexton
10:30 a.m.: Chad Caudill
11 a.m.: Shawn Stamper, Taylin Combs, Jack Adams
12 p.m.: Mountain Melody
1 p.m.: Bits & Pieces
2 p.m.: 7 South
3 p.m.: Will Caudill & Route 7
4 p.m.: Dean Osborn, Hazard Community & Technical College School of Bluegrass
5 p.m.: Bak to Bak
6 p.m.: Mountain Melody
7 p.m.: Long Shot from Mac Arts