Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Huge Weekend Planned for Red Hills Festival - May 22-23

There is a full array of events in conjunction with the 2015 Red
Hills Festival in Downtown Louisville. Scheduled for Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, all the fun kicks off on Friday evening with the featured band - Stormy Monday, a down home blues band based out of Starkville, MS. The music starts at 7:00 pm on South Columbus Avenue and continues til 10:00 as vendors set up for Saturday’s Festival. Bring your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the fun. There is some seating available but it is limited!

In addition, the carnival will also be in operation on Friday with rides and games. Carnival setup is just around the corner on South Court Street.

Saturday starts early and fast with a full slate of events for young
and old.

The First Methodist Church on West Main will start the day with their traditional Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at 7:00 am before kicking off their Antique and Collectibles Sale at around 7:30 am which will run until 3:00 pm. Come early to get the best items and enjoy breakfast. Free booth space is still available. Call the church at 662-773-8064 to reserve a spot.

The Red Hills 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Junior Auxillary
begins at 8:00 am. Participants can pre-register for $20 or register the day of the race for $25. Those already registered will receive a t-shirt.

Participants can pick up a registration form at the Chamber Office on West Park Street or download the form from the Chamber’s website at http://www.winstoncountyms.com (bottom of homepage). Beverages and post-race snacks will be available. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and the top male and female finisher will win $200.

There will also be a One Mile Fun Run that begins at 9:00 am and the top finisher receives a $50 prize. Registration for the fun run is $5.00

Trophies and awards will be handed out at the entertainment stage located on South Columbus at 10:30 am.

The entertainment stage at the intersection of Columbus and Park will feature some great local entertainment throughout the day as well as provide a platform for some political stumping for area candidates in the upcoming election. Music starts at 9:00 am hosted by our Master of Ceremonies "Happy Butch Luke". Acts include Abby & Chandler Wells, Steady On, Estes Switch, Corey Jackson, Megan Tate and Ben Johns.

As the political season heats up, the candidates will take to the stage at noon til 1:00pm

The Red Hills Festival is always a homecoming for many with
Winston County ties. The Festival will feature a Homecoming tent for folks to catch up and find an old friend. There will be a mini-museum with historical photos, class photos, and composites, interesting artifacts, and much more. Folks are encouraged to bring their own photos and items to display. Feel free to bring something to "Show and Tell" or just drop by to look. There will be a group Homecoming Picture taken at 11:00 in front of the First Presbyterian Church on South Columbus. The picture will be loaded to the Chamber of Commerce page and website if you wish to download and print your own copy.

And…. Just down the hill on Park Street, the food and the bands
are cooking. Enjoy the festival food while listening to the “Battle of the Bands” as area bands compete throughout the day. There will also be some games for the kids in this area and the carnival will be fired up and ready to go all day as well.

After visiting the wide array of vendors on South Columbus, take a short walk and cool off at the Winston County Library and check out the artwork entered into the Red Hills Art Contest.

There’s even more fun for the young ones. The Louisville Historical Society is sponsoring the Red Hills Pet Show. Limited to kids from 6 – 12 years of age, the show will be held on the grounds behind the Chamber Office (behind Library).  The entry fee is $3. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of classes including a pet costume contest.

The show will be held from 10:00 am til 11:00. All types of small animals are welcome but they must be on a lease or in a crate to participate. Pets must also be at least 6 months of age.  Sign up will start at 9:30 a.m. Bring your lawn chair. Donations will be taken for the Louisville Friends of the Animals. For more info, contact the Chamber at 662-773-3921.P

Before the day is over, head up North Church Avenue just a couple of blocks to the Big Red Fire Museum. You won't want to miss this collection of restored antique fire equipment (some dating back to the 1700's) collected by Louisville's own Bill Taylor. It's open all day and admission is free.

And last but not least, the Red Hills Car Show will be held on Saturday as well. One of the premier shows in the area, registration starts at 8:00 am and judging begins at 10:00 am. With more than 30 classes there is plenty to see for the car enthusiast. The entry fee is $20 and prizes will be awarded at 3:00 pm. The car show returns to the parking lot of the First Baptist Church for this year’s festival. For more info, call Jerry at 662-803-4205 or the Chamber at 662-773-3921.

There are still a few vendor booths available. Contact the Chamber Office for more information. You can also download a vendors’ application on the website at http://www.winstoncountyms.com (bottom of home page)

Make your plans to visit Louisville for the festival. There’s something for everyone!!