Campbellsburg 25th Country Festival Kicks Off Friday

(CAMPBELLSBURG) – Campbellsburg kicks off it 25th Country Festival on Friday.

The event and activities are free.

The festival will have live music, craft booths and activities for all ages.

The festival was previously known as the Hoedown Festival.

The festival will officially get underway at 5 p.m. on Friday as the food, commercial and craft vendors open for business. There will be a Miss Country Girl contest on stage at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Wulfe Brothers at 7 p.m. and a street dance from 9-11 p.m. featuring Semi-Conscious.

From 9-10:30 p.m., there will be a historical cemetery walk at the Hop Cemetery, just north of town. Daniel Main, who is associated with theatrical enterprises in Washington County, is in charge of the walk. He said this is the third year of the walk that focuses on historical characters who are buried in the cemetery. He said attendees will get to meet and interact with characters who are played by local actors as they are guided by lantern through the cemetery.

Those attending can also carry lanterns to help light the way during the 25-30 minute walk. Attendees can drive to the cemetery themselves, or there is a shuttle service available from town to the cemetery.

Saturday is packed with activities. The day will kick off with Lion Club members serving a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. in the community building. The Sugar Creek Relay for Life begins at 8 a.m. and vendor booths will open at 9 a.m.

Jimmy Wilcoxen and Hard Core Country Unplugged will take the stage at 10 a.m. A talent show will follow at noon. Klassic Country will perform at 1 p.m., followed by Short Notice Band at 5 p.m., Colt Weinhorst, a singer/songwriter, will take the stage at 7 p.m. and Kings of the Wing will lead up to the fireworks show at dusk.

There will be two matches of Life Line Wrestling, the first at noon and the second at 3 p.m. There will also be two rounds of Wild West Entertainment, the first at 2:30 and the second at 4:30 p.m.

Hometown cooks can enter the baking contest on Saturday. Entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by GKN.

An auction of baked items will be at 4:15 p.m. A skillet-throwing competition will begin at 10 a.m. The contest is open to all women 18 and over. A horseshoe pitching contest will get underway at 1 p.m.

Baby contest registration begins at 1 p.m. with the competition at 2 p.m. There will also be a kiddie and adult pedal tractor pull at 2 p.m. The Cowboy/Cowgirl contest begins at 3:30 p.m., with registration at 3 p.m.

The Show Down truck and tractor pull will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 2965 N. Campbellsburg-Livonia Road.

Children will enjoy Silly Safari at 11 a.m. and Cornucopia Cow Train rides pull out at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Sunday’s activities begin with the Westview Church quartet signing at 12:30 p.m. Author Kelly Gray will have a book sale and signing of “Then I Thought of Home” at 1 p.m. and parade signups begin.

The parade, with Grand Marshal Elmer Hamilton, begins at 3 p.m., followed by awards at 4 p.m.

John Hughes, historian/humorist will speak at 5 p.m. and White River Southern Gospel Quartet will take the stage at 5:30 p.m.

A cruise-in featuring cars, trucks, bikes and UTVs, will be from noon until 7 p.m.

Closing ceremonies and prize drawings will be conducted starting at 7 p.m.

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