Winston County ‘heating up’ for annual Red Hills Festival

By Joseph McCain

The Winston County Journal


See today’s B section for maps, sponsors and other Festival details.


With beautiful weather hoped for and guaranteed entertainment planned, the 33rd Annual Red Hills Festival in downtown Louisville is set for Memorial Day weekend Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.

“This promises to be a need to attend event with 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.

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 Friday night May 24 entertainment is Jay and the T-Birds.

Saturday, May 25 will be full day of activities with the annual Red Hills Car Show, fun run, entertainment along with various street vendors.  The entertainment lineup for Saturday will include LEIPERS FORK BLUEGRASS. The Leipers Fork Bluegrass Group consist of five musicians that comprise of a five string banjo, mandolin, rhythm guitar, acoustic upright bass, and fiddle.  In August, 2009 and 2010 the Group was nominated for the Crown Jewel Award as one of the Top Five Acoustic/Bluegrass Performers of the USAGEM Association in Nashville, Tennesse

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 8:30 a.m. to signup please contact 662-803-3848.


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.  All vendors are requested to be signed up by May 10, 2013. Setup is encouraged Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. or from 6 a.m. to 7:30 Saturday morning. Applications are available online at For information on booths or any other questions, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 773-3921 or

Also all county churches and communities are invited to be part of the Louisville Homecoming that Saturday. The Winston County Homecoming group has setup a facebook page and will host events Friday night and Saturday. The Homecoming encourages former residents to make this weekend a priority in visiting Winston County. A homecoming gift basket will be given away.  The basket includes Silver Goose – gift certificate
Uptown Lily – Gift Certificate
Fashion Boutique – Merle Norman Make-up
Bancorp South – Cap
Renasant Bank  Mug
Kim Ming – pottery
Just Teasin’ – Tote Bag and Tumbler
Darlene Bane – Note Cards
Stewart Pottery
Yarbrough’s Garden Center – Basket

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. To be part of the FUMC Antique show and sale contact 662-773-8064.

At present, in preparation for the Festival, Festival T-shirts are on sale for $15 each and feature artwork designed by Madelyn Ball, daughter of Rooster and Jennifer Ball. To order a shirt contact the Winston County Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the upcoming Red Hills Festival, the Chamber of Commerce is planning many additional events. Upcoming events include:

• June 20 – Farmers Market on Main

•  July 18   — Sip N Shop downtown.

• With many more events scheduled with tentative dates.