Red Hills Festival thrills with entertainment, car show, more

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

Thousands descended on downtown Louisville for Memorial weekend for the 32 Annual Red Hills Festival.

The organizers of Festival did everything they could to ensure this weekend’s celebration went well and Mother Nature did the rest with clear skies.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Linda Skelton, executive director of the Winston County Chamber of Commerce, said. “We had a wonderful day of entertainment, shopping and sunshine.”

Several streets of downtown Louisville were lined with vendors and refreshments of all kinds Saturday morning, preparing for the heavy afternoon crowd that followed.

Visitors and hometown folk were treated to crafts, cuisine, carnival, and entertainment— around every corner of the festival.

“There were lots of smiling faces in downtown and that is how I know it was a success,” said Skelton. “Plus, we had some many compliments on how friendly our community was to all the visitors.”

Many of the visitors to the festival and especially to the courthouse were former residents who returned to enjoy a bit of nostalgia as part of the Annual Homecoming part of the festival which is in its second year.

“I thank all of our volunteers, sponsors, and all those in the community who helped make the festival a success,” added Skelton.

The festival’s entertainment included Congressman Alan Nunnelee who spoke briefly to the crowd. Much of the entertainment featured many local and area musicians. Tax Assessor Larry Woodward served as master of ceremonies and Louisville Mayor Will Hill opened the event.

RED HILLS CAR SHOW 2012 The 2012 Red Hills Car Show filled the parking lot of First Baptist Church with a lot of hot air and Hot cars. Eighty-three entries were viewed by hundreds of people enjoying the Festival and remembering their youth with tales about their cars. RHCS appreciates the hard, hot work of our judges.

The Best of Show award went to Andy Holliday of Carrolton, MS with his 1935 Blue Ford Coupe. A few special moments of the 2012 RHCS was the presentation of two memorial awards. One is the Jerry (Red) Taylor Memorial award. Red Taylor who passed away February 27, 2012 has had entries in many shows around the area for several years. Monica Taylor, on behalf of her and her daughters, presented the Red Taylor award to Charlie Powell of Columbus for his 1955 Red Ford Pickup. The award was hand made by James Kinard who was Red Taylor’s car builder.

Jerry Hendrix was the founder of the Red Hills Car show and his love for cars has passed on to his son, Scott Hendrix. Scott, on behalf of the Hendrix Family, presented the Jerry Hendrix Memorial award to Dennis Taylor of Louisville for his 1957 Chevrolet Cameo pickup that once belonged to his Grandfather.

Thanks to the show sponsors including: Heard’s Collision and Repair Center, Alfa Insurance, Jayroe’s Body Shop, South Louisville Auto Repair, Bobby Baker Construction, Louisville Tire and Brake, Precision Frame and Body Shop, Bullock Toyota, The Crawley Law Offices, Luigi’s Family Restaurant, Pearson Services, The Taylor Group, Regions Bank, Wilson Motorsports, and Dihan McCullough Realty.

Door prize providers include: Wal-Mart, Waring Oil, Sonic Drive-in, Lake Tiak O’Khata, Luigi’s Family Restaurant, Rebel Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Western Auto, Cap Weld, Bullock Toyota, Citizens Bank, Renasant Bank, Mi Rodeo, Pizza Hut.

T-shirt design and production by Swain Printing and trophies produced by Moody Furniture/The Silver Goose.