The Blackey Day festival will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10.
All food and craft booths will open at 2 p.m. on Friday. We ask that all booths be set up by noon, Friday.
Music will start later in the afternoon with a silent auction.
Saturday, Oct. 10, Blackey Day will start at 9 a.m. with continuous music from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. The best of the best.
We will have something new this year, a refashioned fashion show by Abby. She is a seamstress. This should be a lot of fun.
We will have a cakewalk, inflatables and entertainment for the children, and it’s all free.
We have some of the best craft booths that we have ever had. Their talent is awesome, and our food booths are excellent. We have such a good variety, including soup beans, ham hocks and cornbread from Jim Haynes. We will even have apple dumplings, ice cream and lots of other good stuff.
Our hospitality room is set up in the senior citizens/ community center with free coffee, and our silent auction is in the center. From what I hear, they have some really nice things to bid on. Come early and bid.
The silent auction will close at 3 p.m., Saturday, so the members who work it can listen to the last band of the day, the old time rock and roll band, the Long Shots from Mac Arts. They are simply wonderful, as are all the entertainment this year. We have some new bands this year that I look forward to hearing.
As years before, the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church will be having its annual big country breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. for $5 for adults, $3 for children.
This is a good way to start the festival, and as always, we work hard to make Blackey Day the best it can be.
It’s different from other festivals as it’s not as big, but the talent you see in the booths and the music are the best of the best.
It’s more like a reunion than a festival. You have people from many states come home to Letcher County and Blackey for this festival.
We have a limited amount of last year’s 50th year t-shirts for $5, and we have this year’s t-shirt that says “Blackey, Ky., Where My Story Began”.
I like that. I love Blackey, Letcher County and Kentucky, and I am glad God chose this place for me to be born in.
So make plans to visit Blackey Day on Oct. 9 and 10. Plan to stay all day, both days. We have the big tent to sit under and enjoy the music (dance if you want to) and visiting with friends and family. Seating might be limited, so bring your own chairs.
The mountains are beautiful, and we pray that the weather will be good, but rain or shine, the festival will go on.
Plan on coming to Blackey on Highway 7 South, at the big, blue bridge.
For more information, contact Doris Adams, 606- 634-2530, or Loye Caudill, 606-633-4029.