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Lineup set for Riverside Days




Letcher County’s own Pure & Simple Band (above) will open for country music star Rebecca Lynn Howard at the Riverside Days festival at River Park in Whitesburg on Saturday night. The Pure & Simple Band, which has a new album of original songs entitled “Faith, Heartache & Redemption,” will take the stage at 8 p.m. Howard follows at 9:30. Members of the classic rock-influenced band are bassit Robert Barnett, guitarist/ vocalist Travis Fields, guitarist/vocalist Mike Wright, and drummer Corey Branham.

Letcher County’s own Pure & Simple Band (above) will open for country music star Rebecca Lynn Howard at the Riverside Days festival at River Park in Whitesburg on Saturday night. The Pure & Simple Band, which has a new album of original songs entitled “Faith, Heartache & Redemption,” will take the stage at 8 p.m. Howard follows at 9:30. Members of the classic rock-influenced band are bassit Robert Barnett, guitarist/ vocalist Travis Fields, guitarist/vocalist Mike Wright, and drummer Corey Branham.

The annual Riverside Days festival in Whitesburg will take place this week (August 16-18) at River Park, next to Whitesburg ARH Hospital. The festival will host local, regional, and national entertainment with Salyersville native Rebecca Lynn Howard (“Simple Things,” “Forgive”) headlining the festival Saturday night. Opening for Howard is the Letcher Countybased Pure & Simple Band.

The popular Mountain Outreach Idol competition, sponsored by Vernon Hall and Mountain Outreach, will pit five singers from Letcher and Pike Counties against each other nightly at the 3-day festival. The audience will decide the winner by popular vote. This year’s contestants are, Brody Dixon (Jenkins), Caitlyn Jade Puckett (Pikeville), Cory Harris (Whitesburg), Lauren Stewart (Breaks, VA), and Austin Johnson (Whitesburg). Last year’s Mountain Outreach Idol All-stars Winner John Fowler will perform Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Pump Boys and Dinettes will entertain the crowd featuring part of its Elkhorn City musical production.

On Friday, Pike County native Marlow Tackett will perform. Also is the WDXC Home Grown Show, sponsored by WDXC-FM 102.3 and Clyde Stanley.

Another popular event on Saturday is the Whitesburg Duck Race, a fundraiser for the festival that allows participants to rent a duck for a change to win prizes. Up to 400 ducks will be launched in the river behind the concert stage and race to the dam at the end of Riverside Park. The owner of the winning duck receives cash money and the first 10 ducks that cross the finish line will receive a prize, sponsored by Rafting In The Smokies.

Other events include performances by the Letcher County Central High School (LCCHS) Dance Team, LCCHS Cougar Choir (which will open the festival by singing the national anthem), Riverside Days Auction Featuring Auctioneer R.F. Kiser and Earl Bone, Long John Silvers Fish Eating Contest, Carty Funeral Home Watermelon Eating Contest, and several local singers. There will also be food booths, craft booths, rides, and games in the park.

COMPLETE LINEUP

THURSDAY

11: 00 a. m. — Food/ Craft Booths Open

12:00 p.m. — CD music in the park

5:00 p.m. — Opening Ceremonies

5:30 p.m. — Storm Cox

6:00 p.m. — Barbara Joyce Wagner

6:30 p.m. — Letcher County Central High School Dance Team

7:00 p.m. — Mountain Outreach

Idol

8:30 p.m. — Pump Boys and Dinettes

FRIDAY

11: 00 a. m. — Food/ Craft Booths Open

4:00 p.m. — Open Mic

5:00 p.m. — Ashley Vanover

5:30 p.m. — Samantha Fulton

6:00 p.m. — Taylyn Combs

6:30 p.m. — WDXC Home Grown Show

7:30 p.m. — Mountain Outreach Idol

9:00 p.m. — Marlow Tackett

SATURDAY

11: 00 a. m. — Food/ Craft Booths Open

12:00 p.m. — Long John Silvers Fish Eating Contest

1:00 p.m. — Auction — Auctioneers R.F. Kiser and Earl Bone

2:30 p.m. — Carty Funeral Home Watermelon Eating Contest

3:00 p.m. — Whitesburg Rubber Duck Race

4:00 p.m. — Misty Johnson

4:30 p.m. — Annessa Gibson

5:00 p.m. — Judy Kincer

5:30 p.m. — John Fowler — 2011 Mountain Outreach Idol All-Stars Winner

6:00 p.m. — Mountain Outreach Idol

8:00 p.m. — Pure and Simple Band

9:30 p.m. — Rebecca Lynn Howard


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