Whitesburg KY

Blackey Day schedule set for Oct. 12-13

We the Blackey Improvement Committee, are really excited about our Blackey Day celebration.

We have had such a good response from our Blackey Day 2011, that we decided to extend Blackey Day to begin on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a talent show, some food booths, and Revelation Ranch’s drama team.

If you want to perform in the talent show, you can pick up your application at the Blackey Library or Kat’s Barber Shop at the IGA building at Isom. The entry fee is $5, but first prize is $100; second is $50; and third is $25.

So pick up those entry forms and show us your talent. It doesn’t have to be singing.

We are looking forward to everyone having fun. And who knows? We might discover some talent that will go on to America’s Got Talent.

Blackey Day is Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The best way to start Blackey Day is to have breakfast at the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church. They have a big country breakfast starting at 8 a.m. for $5. All proceeds will go to help the church. What better way to start the day?

We have some special treats for the children. We will have inflatables and the Shriner Train sponsored by Judge Jim Ward, some games, and it is all free.

We have an awesome musical lineup. Violet Watts has worked hard on this program and it shows. It gets better every year. We have some wonderful local talent and she has scheduled some very special performers. So it’s all-day entertainment.

Our silent auction is going well, thanks to the generous people in Letcher County and other places.

Our food booths are all filled, but I might squeeze in two more. We have such a variety of good food that it would be hard to come up with something different.

We have only four spaces left for our craft booths. All others are taken.

We try to display as much eastern Kentucky talent as possible in our booths, and most all of their items are locally homemade, and I want to say there are some beautiful talent here in our mountains where it’s cooking, sewing, painting, artwork, writing, handmade items of all kinds, music, dancing and many other talents.

I am so proud of our talented people, and that they will share. We have something for every one at Blackey Day.

We will have limited seating. If you want to bring your lawn chairs, that will be all right.

We plan on having a big tent. But most times, October’s weather in Kentucky is near perfect. So we pray for good weather.

We have our Blackey Day shirts and the colors are navy with burnt orange, and they are really pretty. I want one of each. The sweats are $15; long-sleeve tee shirts are $12; regular tee shirts are $10; hats are $8. The logo is: Take Me Home, Country Roads, sizes small to 4x. You can pick yours up at Kat’s Barber Shop and at Blackey Day. If you would like to order one, give me a call and I will fix you up.

I want to mention our Blackey Improvement Committee. They are a good group to work with. Everyone is willing to make Blackey Day a success. The chairman is Loye Caudill with Joe Back, Kathy Back, Jim Flynn, Mary Susan Flynn, Jerry Caudill, Yvonne Caudill, Carol Brown, Violet Watts, Artie Shepherd, Joann Walters, Betty Hatton, Mary Gail Adams, Justin Cornett, Jacqueline Cornett, Paula Pratt, Paul from Calvary, Tammy Whitaker and Doris Adams.

We all want to do all we can to make Blackey Day bigger and better every year, and encourage everyone to bring your family and friends and come spend the day with us and enjoy the festivals in eastern Kentucky.

They are like family reunions. People who live far away with ties to eastern Kentucky and the Blackey area, come home for the festivals and to visit family and friends. We’re so glad that you do. As always, I’m telling everyone how beautiful it is in Letcher County in October.

So if you live away, plan on coming to Letcher County’s Blackey Day on Oct. 12 and 13 for our festival. If you live locally, come down Highway 7 to the big, blue bridge where Blackey is located.

We will have music, crafts, food, entertainment for the children, family, friends and fun for everyone.

Contact Doris Adams, 606-632-3777 or 606-634- 2530; Loye Caudill, 606-633- 4029, or any other member.

Stage schedule

October 13

Welcome — Loye Caudill

Mountain Heritage Head Start.

Prayer — Wallace Bolling

10 a.m. Jack Adams and Lee Sexton

10:30 Chad Caudill

11 a.m. Shawn Stamper, Taylin Combs, Jack Adams

12 p.m. Mountain Melody

1 p.m. Bits and Pieces

2 p.m. 7 South, Richard Smith; History of Blackey

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 Old Time Rock & Roll

8:30 p.m. Blackey Day closed until 2013.

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