The Red Hills Festival set to raise spirits

By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Journal

While most of Winston County is in recovery mode from the April 28 tornado, downtown Louisville will offer every one a break from the worry with the 34th annual Red Hills Festival.
With beautiful weather hoped for and guaranteed entertainment planned, the 34th Annual Red Hills Festival in downtown Louisville is set for Memorial Day weekend this Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.
“This promises to be a need to attend event since it offers everyone a chance to enjoy a break through the entertainment, car show, fun run and vendors galore,” said Winston County Chamber director Linda Skelton. “We have some great entertainment lined up and will have offerings for most everyone,” said Skelton.

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The festival will feature a fun run, car show, Battle of the Bands, carnival, vendors, fundraising auction for winstonstrong.com 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 Friday night May 23 entertainment is Slim Pickins and Ashley Tutor from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 will be full day of activities with the annual Red Hills Car Show, First United Methodist Antique sale, fun run, Battle of the Bands entertainment along with an auction various street vendors.
For the fourth year in a row the Junior Auxiliary of Louisville will host a 5K and Fun Run in the morning of the festival. The Junior Auxiliary of Louisville uses all proceeds for projects to benefit the children of Winston County. The Top Male and Female Finisher in the 5k receives $200 each. The Top Finisher in the One Mile Fun Run will receive $50 Savings Bond.  The Fun Run and 5k will begin at 8 a.m. beside Tabor Drugs.
The Red Hills Car Show will be held at the First Baptist Church, where cars will be judged in more than 30 classes. The car show usually features about 100 vehicles. For more information about the Car Show, contact Jerry at 662-803-4205 or Chamber of Commerce at 662-773-3921. The Car show will be signup is from 8 a.m. with the judging from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Booths for arts, crafts, and food vendors will be $75. Booths for Civic Clubs will be $50. Limited electricity will be available for craft vendors for an additional fee.  For information on booths or any other questions, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 773-3921 or info@winstoncounty.com.
The First United Methodist Church will host its annual Antique Show and Sale Saturday morning in its family life center. The church gym will be filled with items to purchase.
This will be the first year for the event to feature a Battle of the Bands. On Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, the first Red Hills Battle of the Bands will begin behind the Court House. The event will feature: Southern Amps, Southern Flair, Moonshine Communion, Slim Pickens, Storage 24, Pinnishook and The Poor Boys.
Also, due to the tornado and needs in Winston County, an auction will be held at 1 pm on the Main Stage in front of the Presbyterian Church.
All proceeds will go to the “Winston Strong” fund that is money for the disaster relief effort for Winston County.
In addition to the new events, the annual Red Hills Art Association will host its annual art show at the Winston County Library for all to visit during the festival.
At present, in preparation for the Festival, Festival T-shirts are on sale for $15 each. To order a shirt contact the Winston County Chamber of Commerce.
Red Hills Festival Sponsors are: Bullock Toyota, C-Spire, Crowson Auto World, Lake Tiak-O’Khata, Little Caesars Pizza, Waring Oil, Winston Web News, Louisville Banker Association, Cournoyer’s Office Supply, Kirkpatrick and Eaves, PLLC, Porter Funeral Home, Tabor Drugs, Renasant Insurance, Polo Custom Products, Taylor Group, Southern Conveyors, Nowell/ Massey Funeral Home, Custom Air, Beck Funeral Home, Chasidy Goodwin – Edward Jones, and Hodges’ Business Solutions.