Red Hills Festival in full swing this weekend

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Red Hills Festival kicks off this Friday night.

“We are gearing up for a great festival with something for everyone,” said Linda Skelton of the Winston County Chamber of Commerce.

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 Red Hills Festival is an annual community arts celebration with a number of special offerings. Saturday will be full of activities with the annual Red Hills Car Show along with various street vendors. For the third year in a row the Junior Auxiliary of Louisville will host a 5K and Fun Run in the morning of the festival. To join the 5K Run contact 662-803-3848.

FUMC to host annual Antiques, Collectibles show, sale A wide variety of antiques and collectibles will be shown and available for sale on Saturday, May 26 when First United Methodist Church of Louisville will conduct its third annual Antiques and Collectibles Show and Sale in conjunction with the community’s annual Red Hills Festival in Louisville.

All items in the show and sale will have been produced prior to 1975; no arts and crafts items will be included. The event will be held in the church’s Christian Life Center between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A number of antiques dealers and collectors from throughout the area will join with church members who will also have a great variety of items on display and for sale. Early reports indicate a variety of offerings: glass and vinyl records, comic books, commercial display cabinets, dishware, glassware, sewing machine, primitive tools, tables, rockers, chairs, neon Rexall sign, loveseat, clocks, cash register, tape recorder, old audio speakers, glass syringes, pharmaceutical bottles, Barbie dolls and clothes, walking canes, and many others.

Breakfast (beginning at 7 a.m.), lunch, and cold drinks will be prepared by church members and available for purchase. The show venue is air-conditioned and easily accessible from other Red Hills Festival activities.

No fee is charged to exhibitors for display space. Exhibitors may bring their own tables or rent them from the church. The venue is ground level and includes easy double-door access. Exhibitors can be set up on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning; all booths must be show-ready by 8 a.m. on Saturday. Interested exhibitors should contact First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 523, Louisville, MS 39339 or by telephone at 662-773-8064 by May 23, 2012.

“The previous two shows and sales have been very successful,” reported Jerry Nance who coordinates the annual event for the church. “The United Methodist Men’s group and the Chancel Choir are assisting in staging this year’s event. There have been many requests for continuance of this show and sale in conjunction with the Red Hills Festival, and we are anticipating an even more successful event this year,” Nance added. To be part of the FUMC Antique show and sale contact 662-773-8064.

Homecoming set for this weekend as part of the festival All county churches and communities are invited to be part of the Louisville Homecoming this Saturday. The Winston County Homecoming group has setup a facebook page and will host events Friday night and Saturday. The 3rd annual Winston County Homecoming plans to host a mini –museum located in the Winston County Courthouse from 9 am until 2 pm with historical photos, class photos and composites, interesting artifacts and a slide show. Folks are encouraged to bring their own photos and items and participate. To find out more about Louisville Homecoming – visit their Facebook page at Louisvillehomecoming or contact Darlene Bane at 662-803-8222.

Annual Car Show The Red Hills Car Show will be held at the First Baptist Church, where cars will be judged in more than 30 classes. For more information about the Car Show, contact Jerry at 803-4205 or Chamber of Commerce at 773-3921. Red Hills Festival Car Show will in the First Baptist Church parking lot from 10 AM- 3 PM: Open Show Judged, 30+ classes $20 entry, T-Shirt/ 1st 75 entries Call Jerry at 662-803-4205 C of C, 662-773-3921.

The overall Festival Among the varied components of the celebration will be arts and crafts booths, a car show, carnival, and 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run. The Red Hills Festival will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 in the streets of downtown Louisville.

Annual Homecoming event is also set May 26 Booths for arts, crafts, and food vendors will be $50. Booths for Civic Clubs will be $35. Limited electricity will be available for craft vendors for an additional fee. Applications are available online at

For information on booths or any other questions, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 773-3921 or

The Saturday lineup includes: MC – Larry Woodward 8:50 Welcome Will Hill Invocation – Scott Phillips National Anthem – Tracy McCully 9:30 – Ben Johns 10:00 5k Run Awards 10:30 – Samantha Hill 11:00 – Steady ON 11:30 – Chandler and Abby Wells 12:00 – Michael Locke 12:30 – Ashley and A.R.C 1:00 – 3:00 Da Ja Vu This year sponsors include: Primary Sponsor – Bullock Toyota Louisville Bankers Association Cournoyer’s Office Supply Kirkpatrick and Eaves PLLC Lake Tiak-O’Khata Mediacom Porter Funeral Home Tabor Drugs Renasant Insurance WinstonWebNews Polo Custom Products Taylor Machine Works Gregg Harper Southern Conveyors Nowell Funeral Home Waring Oil Columbus Brick Luigi’s