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Old Fashioned Trading Days kicks off Thursday in Williamsburg


The Moron Brothers are just one of many musical and comedic entertainment acts that will take the stage at Old Fashioned Trading Days in Williamsburg Thursday through Saturday.

The 29th Annual Old Fashioned Trading Days will be returning to downtown Williamsburg Thursday with the usual assortment of gospel and bluegrass music but this year festivities will also feature a little bit of rock and roll.

The Sweet Beats, a group of Beatles' impersonators, will be taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

"The Beatles are coming to town. It is a group out of Cincinnati, who are Beatles' impersonators," said Williamsburg Main Street Manager Nannie Hayes.

"I've listened to them and they really sound like The Beatles and they look like The Beatles. They will play about an hour and a half show. It is a little twist on some things at Old Fashioned Trading Days."

Williamsburg Tourism Director Alvin Sharpe said he thinks there will be a good crowd for The Sweet Beats.

"Right now I think our entertainment is as good as it's ever been if not better," Sharpe noted. "It's going to be bigger and better than ever."

Another new addition to this year's Trading Days line-up of attractions is an ice-cream maker, that can keep going even if the electricity goes off.

"I think this year's Old Fashioned Trading Days is going to be pretty unique," Sharpe noted. "We have a one-horse ice cream making machine. It's on a treadmill and is run by one horse. It cranks the ice cream."

Old Fashioned Trading Days Chairperson Joyce Byrd said that other than this there aren't a lot of major changes this year.

"We have some really good food booths this year, and will have a lot more of them," Sharpe said. "South Third Street is all going to be food vendors. We are trying to get a tent and put some tables under it for people to sit and get out of the sun and eat."

G&E Drive-In will be selling fried catfish. The Greek food and Chinese food vendors will also be back again this year among other food vendors.

In addition, several other local food vendors will be setting up booths again.

"This is a major fundraisers for a lot of non-profit organizations like churches and schools," Sharpe added.

Portions of Main Street and Third Street from Cumberland Avenue to Sycamore Street will be shut down starting early Wednesday morning. Cumberland Avenue starting at Fourth Street will be shut down Thursday afternoon after the school buses go through and it will be open only to local traffic.

Opens Thursday

Old Fashioned Trading Days will start Thursday with booths opening on the courthouse lawn that morning.

Quilting and Canning registration will now take place Wednesday from 10 a.m. - noon at the old Whitley County Extension Office, which is across the street from Williamsburg City Hall.

Entries will be on display at the old extension office from 1 - 6 p.m. both Thursday and Friday.

The displays will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. - noon Saturday.

Bluegrass music will start Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. with Whitley County Colonel Strings, Mountain Connection, Paint Creek, and the Moron Brothers.

The Moron Brothers offer a variety of comedy and bluegrass music.

"If people really want to enjoy something, the Moron Brothers will be performing Thursday night," Sharpe said. "They are really funny."

Friday events

Friday's festivities will start off with registration for the vegetable show from 9 - 10:45 a.m. Judging will start at 11 a.m.
The Whitley Central Intermediate School Patriotic Performers will start the entertainment at 9:30 a.m.

Several local choirs and bands will take the stage beginning at 10 a.m. Friday starting with the Williamsburg High School Choir, followed by the Williamsburg High School Band, the Whitley County Middle School Choir, the Whitley County High School Choir, the Whitley County High School Band, and Travis Rice.

Gospel music kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday with Peggy Inks, followed by Ron & Vernon & Straight Creek, The Believer's Quartet, The English Family and the Mike Bowling Family.

Saturday events

Festivities will start off early Saturday morning with the Kiwanis Harold Mauney 5-K run/walk at 9 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The race begins and ends at the University of the Cumberlands' Track.

Registration for the Sid Strunk Corn Toss tournaments will start at 9 a.m. with practice time from 9 - 10 a.m. The tournament begins at 10 a.m.

The pet show also starts at 10 a.m.

The car show will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Whitley County Health Department parking lot, and will run until 3 p.m.
From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Williamsburg police will be handing out children's ID kits to parents rather than doing the traditional fingerprinting.

The kits enable parents to collect blood and hair follicle samples that they can keep for up to five years, and use to positively identify their child in the event it goes missing.

Saturday's entertainment will start with the The Dance Centre performing at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Youth Talent Show at 11 a.m. After the talent show, Savannah Faith will perform in concert.

Gospel music will follow starting a 3 p.m.

The singing will kick off with the Heavenly Heirs, The Whisnants, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and The Primitives.

Entertainment will be held again at Bill Woods Park where it was moved to five years ago and is still free, but area residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs since there is no seating.

"Bring your lawn chairs down," Sharpe said. "The local talent is about as good a talent as you will find anywhere around. I'm not knocking the higher paid acts, but we have some real good local talent."
 

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