Red Hills Festival ready to liven up streets of Louisville

By Joseph McCain
The Winston County
Journal

Memorial Day officially honors the men and women in the armed forces
and at the same time it is the Annual Red Hills Festival and Car Show
in Winston County.

With beautiful weather hoped for and guaranteed entertainment
planned, the 33rd Annual Red Hills Festival in downtown Louisville is
set for Memorial Day weekend Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.

“This promises to be a need to attend event with the entertainment,
car show, fun run and vendors galore,” said Winston County Chamber
director Linda Skelton. “We have some great entertainment lined up
and will have offerings for most everyone,” said Skelton.

The festival will feature a fun run, car show, carnival, vendors and
a stage full of entertainment. The carnival will be downtown
starting Thursday night and running through Saturday.

The Red Hills Festival will kick off Friday night as vendors set up
and a band entertains downtown while any one may “get a little groove
going” on the blocked off streets in front of the stage. The Friday
night May 24 entertainment is Jay and the T-Birds.

Saturday, May 25 will be full day of activities with the annual Red
Hills Car Show, fun run, entertainment along with various street
vendors. The entertainment lineup for Saturday will include LEIPERS
FORK BLUEGRASS. The Leipers Fork Bluegrass Group consist of five
musicians that comprise of a five string banjo, mandolin, rhythm
guitar, acoustic upright bass, and fiddle. In August, 2009 and 2010
the Group was nominated for the Crown Jewel Award as one of the Top
Five Acoustic/Bluegrass Performers of the USAGEM Association in
Nashville, Tennesse

For the fourth year in a row the Junior Auxiliary of Louisville will
host a 5K and Fun Run in the morning of the festival. The Junior
Auxiliary of Louisville uses all proceeds for projects to benefit the
children of Winston County. The Top Male and Female Finisher in the
5k receives $200 each. The Top Finisher in the One Mile Fun Run will
receive $50 Savings Bond. The Fun Run and 5k will begin at 8:30 a.m.
to signup please contact 662-803-3848.

The Red Hills Car Show will be held at the First Baptist Church,
where cars will be judged in more than 30 classes. The car show
usually features about 100 vehicles. For more information about the
Car Show, contact Jerry at 662-803-4205 or Chamber of Commerce at
662-773-3921. The Car show will be signup is from 8 a.m. with the
judging from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Booths for arts, crafts, and food vendors will be $75. Booths for
Civic Clubs will be $50. Limited electricity will be available for
craft vendors for an additional fee. All vendors are requested to be
signed up by May 10, 2013. Setup is encouraged Friday night from 7 to
10 p.m. or from 6 a.m. to 7:30 Saturday morning. Applications are
available online at www.winstoncounty.com. For information on booths
or any other questions, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at
773-3921 or info@winstoncounty.com.

Also all county churches and communities are invited to be part of
the Louisville Homecoming that Saturday. The Winston County
Homecoming group has setup a facebook page and will host events
Friday night and Saturday. The Homecoming encourages former residents
to make that week a priority in visiting Winston County.

The First United Methodist Church will host its annual Antique Show
and Sale Saturday morning in its family life center. The church gym
will be filled with items to purchase. To be part of the FUMC Antique
show and sale contact 662-773-8064.

At present, in preparation for the Festival, Festival T-shirts are on
sale for $15 each and feature artwork designed by Madelyn Ball,
daughter of Rooster and Jennifer Ball. To order a shirt contact the
Winston County Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the upcoming Red Hills Festival, the Chamber of
Commerce is planning many additional events. Upcoming events include:

• April 18 Noon to 7:00 pm – Downtown Side Walk Sale
• May 16 – Relay for Life – Some downtown businesses will donate a
portion of sales to Relay for Life
• May 24 and May 25 -Red Hills Festival
• June 20 – Farmers Market on Main
• July 18 — Sip N Shop downtown.
• With many more events scheduled with tentative dates.