Red Hills Fest lifts spirits, brings fun

From press and staff reports

It was a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend as Winston County residents took part in the 34th Annual Red Hills Festival in downtown Louisville this past Friday and Saturday.
The weather could not have been any more perfect for the event as residents and visitors took part in the festivities that were available. Friday night featured many vendors selling arts and crafts, as well as refreshments. Entertainment for the night was provided by Slim Pickens and Ashley Tutor.

Survivor of the F4 braves the Red Hill Festival Kenneth Tyree Holmes (sitting) greets the Friends of Dean Park, Inc.'s clown and President Richard Moncrief. He is treated to a Red Hill Lunch along with his friend who is seemingly enjoying pushing Tyree in the wheelchair.  Tyree received a serious leg injury during the tornadoes that hit Louisville, MS on April  28, 2014.  After several weeks in a Jackson hospital and several surgeries, he is now home with his family.  When asked about walking again, he stated that he is definitely going to walk again. Tyree is the son of Moby Holmes who had two daughters who were injured in the tornados also.  All have been released from the hospital.

Survivor of the F4 braves the Red Hill Festival
Kenneth Tyree Holmes (sitting) greets the Friends of Dean Park, Inc.’s clown and President Richard Moncrief. He is treated to a Red Hill Lunch along with his friend who is seemingly enjoying pushing Tyree in the wheelchair.  Tyree received a serious leg injury during the tornadoes that hit Louisville, MS on April  28, 2014.  After several weeks in a Jackson hospital and several surgeries, he is now home with his family.  When asked about walking again, he stated that he is definitely going to walk again. Tyree is the son of Moby Holmes who had two daughters who were injured in the tornados also.  All have been released from the hospital.

 

The JA prepares to start off the annual 5k event.

The JA prepares to start off the annual 5k event.

Crowd gathers to honor the fallen soldiers of Winston County in a service prior to the festival events.

Crowd gathers to honor the fallen soldiers of Winston County in a service prior to the festival events.

Saturday featured a full day of activities, including a Memorial Salute to all the Winston County Fallen soldiers, the Junior Auxiliary of Louisville hosting their fifth annual 5K and Fun Run. Benefits from the 5K and run are used for projects to benefit children in Winston County. The top male and female finishers in the 5K received $200 for their efforts. The top finisher for the Fun Run received $50.
The main entertainment Saturday was the Battle of the Bands behind the courthouse. Bands battled it out from 9:30 to 12:30 with popular and judges choosing winners. The popular vote winners were: 1st place: The Poor Boys; 2nd place: Pinnishook and 3rd place: Storage 24. The Judges votes were: 1st place: Storage 24; 2nd place: Poor Boys; and 3rd place: Pinnishook.
The First United Methodist Church held their fourth annual Antiques and Collectibles Show and Sale that morning. The event featured thousands of items for purchase.
One of the biggest attractions of the festival is The Red Hills Car Show. This year’s event featured cars which were judged in 30 different classes. Winners from the car show will be printed in upcoming edition of The Winton County Journal. Due to unforeseen circumstances the Car Show was moved to the Taylor Fire Museum.
The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all who came and participated in this year’s festival. They hope that you will attend their upcoming events as well.

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