We are just weeks away from the 39th Annual Old Fashioned Trading Days in Whitley County.
Brought to you by Williamsburg Tourism, the festival returns on Wednesday, September 7, and continues through Saturday, September 10, in downtown Williamsburg.
Vendors, craftspeople, games for kids, food, and stages packed with live performances by local musicians will be set up throughout downtown Main Street and around Court Square.
Wednesday, September 7 - food concessions and crafts will be set up from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Old Fashioned Trading Days will be in full swing on Thursday with a free art class from Cathy Lay on Main Street at 3 p.m., Becky Warner with Suds Barn and Boutique at 4 p.m. with a Soap Show on Stage Two, followed by a live performance from Rockabilly Country Blue's band Black Kettle Swamp at 6 p.m. and Paint Creek at 8 p.m.
Stage One at Bill Woods Park will be a full line-up of Gospel Music performances from Straight Creek at 5 p.m., Immanuel Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Higher Ground Singers at 7 p.m., and then Kelly Crabb & the Bowling Sisters at 8 p.m.
On Friday, registration for the canning contest as well as the garden show will begin from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Court Square. Judging is expected to begin at 11 a.m., with pickup at 3:30 p.m.
Next, local schools will provide music entertainment at Bill Woods Park, beginning with Whitley County Central's 5thGrade Class at 10 a.m., followed by the University of the Cumberlands Band at 10:30 a.m., and Williamsburg High School Band & Choir from 11 a.m. to noon.
Outlaw Revolution, Doug Thompson, will bring on “Ultimate Rock and Country” at Bill Woods Park at noon, and Bobby Hamblin & the Lawless to perform at 1:30 p.m.
Bluegrass music will fill the festival air on Stage One with Gene Siler & Brushy Mountain at 4 p.m., The Daltons at 5 p.m., Virgil Bowlin at 6 p.m., followed by Sunset Canyon Band at 7 p.m., and lastly, Tidal Wave at 8 p.m.
Stage Two on Main Street will see performances by Randy Roberts Magic Show at 2 p.m., Ron Lightly, the Ventriloquist at 3 p.m., with Roberts to perform magic once more at 4 p.m., Lightly again at 4:30 p.m.
Afterward, see Savannah Faith at 7 p.m. on Main and the well-known local band County Wide at 8 p.m. to end the night with a bang.
On Saturday, September 10, the last day of the fest, the fun begins at 9 a.m. with the car show in the Whitley County Judicial Center parking lot. The Sid Strunk Memorial Corn Toss Tournament will open registration at 10 a.m., with the tournament beginning at 11 a.m.
Stage Two will be filled with glitz and glamour as the 4th Annual Old Fashioned Days Pageant, sponsored by the City of Williamsburg, takes over Main Street at 10:15 a.m. Registration for 0-3 years old (boys and girls) will begin at 9:40 a.m. Thereafter registration for 4 & up starts at 11:30 a.m. The cost to enter is $10 for ages 0-18. For more information, call Michele Calton at 606-524-4635.
Still, want to enjoy musical performances? See special performances on Stage One by The Dance Centre at 11 a.m., Leanne Hoffman at 11:45 a.m., followed by local band Troublesome Times at 1 p.m. and Three Years Apart at 2 p.m.
Finally, Gospel Music continues on Stage One from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Along with a variety of crafts, boutique clothing, and jewelry, hundreds of food choices and games for kids are expected to fill downtown Williamsburg throughout the entire week.
Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at the Kentucky Daily