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Blackey Days festival set for October 7

On Friday, Oct. 7, at the Blackey Days Festival, all craft and food booths will open at noon, and the music starts at 5:30 p.m. with John Dixon opening.


At 6 p.m., Malanda Cole and band will be entertaining us. This band plays a variety of music. They really do well.

We encourage you to come out, sit under the big tent, listen to the music, and dance if you want to. Start your Blackey Days Festival off right, and come out and enjoy Blackey.

Saturday, Oct. 8, the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church will have a big country breakfast with all the trimmings from 8 until 11 a.m. for $5. All proceeds will go to the church.

Blackey Days Festival opens at 9 a.m. and goes all day, closing with the group Long Shots from Mac Arts at 5:30, until whenever.

They play old-time rock and roll and will have the whole place rocking. This will make the third year that they have been to Blackey, and they really are great, and as always, the music is free.

We have the big tent to sit under, but the seating is limited so bring your lawn chair if you want to.

We have some of the best craft booths we’ve ever had, and 90 percent of the crafts are homemade, or semi-homemade. We have homemade soap, lotions, baskets, sewn items, woodwork, books, paintings, and too many items to mention.

We have a great variety of food, and you can have most anything you want to eat, including everyone’s favorite, blooming onions, funnel cakes and apple dumplings.

We have a silent auction with several donations from out of state, like Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and some real nice local merchants donated.

So come early and big in the silent auctions, as they close at 3 p.m., Saturday afternoon. You can find some good bargains.

We have the cakewalk with several homemade cakes to give away. The community center will be open with free coffee.

For the children we have inflatables sponsored by MCHC and CEO Mike Caudill; the Shriner train, sponsored by Angie Hatton, and the face painting, story, and more treats for the children, and it’s all free for the children.

We have Blackey Day tee shirts, long-sleeved tees and sweats for $10 and $12 for sale at Blackey Day.

So make plans to come to the festival Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, for all day music, dancing, visiting with friends and family, and making new friends.

We really are the best in the mountains.

When Blackey Day Festival is over, Campbell’s Branch Community Center is the very best place to go to on Friday nights. They have the best music with mostly local bands, and some not local.

It’s all good. They have food every Friday night also, and a different variety. Those girls know how to cook, so come on out, listen to the music and dance if you want to and eat supper.

Support this program and help keep this community center open. It’s a great place to go.

For more information on Blackey Days, call Doris Adams, 606-634-2530, or Loye Caudill, 606-633-4029.

On Thursday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m., music in Blackey Park, Seven South, Larry Roark, and whomever wants to come and play will perform.

There will be food provided by Brad Collie. He has delicious tenderloin sandwiches, so bring your chair and listen to the music.

This will be the last Music in the Park this year, so plan on coming out and join us for an evening of fun and fellowship.

Here’s the lineup

Blackey Days
Stage Schedule
Friday, Oct. 7
5:30 p.m. Welcome, Loye
Caudill, Committee Chairma n National Anthem, Shonda Baker
Prayer, Paul Redadovitch, Calvary Campus
John P. Dixon
6:10 p.m. Malinda Cole
and Band

Saturday, Oct. 8
9 a.m. Welcome, Loye
Caudill, Committee Chairman Prayer Paul Redadovitch,
Calvary Campus
9:05 a.m. Mountain Heritage Headstart

9:15 a.m. Lee Sexton and
Jack Adams
9:45 a.m. Chad Caudill
10:15 a.m. Cross Country
11 a.m. Shonda Baker
and Friends
11:45 Cakewalk
12 p.m. Sunrise Ridge
1 p.m. 7 South
2 p.m. Will Caudill &
Route 7
3 p.m. Playin’ Possum
(From the play “How It
Was — Blackey, 1950”)
4 p.m. Mountain Melody
5 p.m. Long Shot

For more information,
call Doris Adams, 606-634-

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