Handyfest 2013 kicks off Saturday | Arts & Culture
The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival kicks off this Saturday, June 8 in Central Park with the “Taste of Henderson” barbecue, live music, the William Branaman Street Strut People's Parade and several other events. As always, the festival is completely free thanks to sponsors and donations.
The day begins with the William Branaman Street Strut People's Parade. The parade forms around 9:30 a.m. at Central Park and will begin at 10 a.m. The Strut is organized in the Mardi-Gras style, with participants invited to wear their wildest, glitziest costumes.
The parade offers awards to both adults and children in several contest categories. One participant will be crowned “Grande Ooh-Pee-Doo” and will “reign” over the 2013 festival. Live music for the parade will be provided by Bob Minnette and the Dixieland Society.
The “Taste of Henderson” barbecue gets underway next as local teams fill the Main Street side of Central Park with the sweet and smoky scent of barbecue. Barbecue sales officially begin serving at 11 a.m., though some teams may be ready as early as 9 a.m.
Live blues music begins at 11:30 a.m., with sets by Jimtown Saints, Blues4U, Lamont Gillispie and 100 Proof Blues, David Dunavent and Evol Love and Michael Gough Band.
SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 8 – TASTE OF HENDERSON BARBECUE
Location: Central Park, Downtown Henderson, Ky.
8 a.m. – Poker Run organized by Jerusalem Masonic Lodge No. 9. Registration begins at 8am.
10 a.m. - The William Branaman Street Strut People's Parade with music by Bob Minnette and The Dixieland Society. Parade forms around 9:30 at Central Park on Elm Street.
11 a.m. until sold out - Beginning as early as 9 a.m., local barbecue teams will be cooking up mouth-watering barbecue of mutton, chicken, pork and ribs for sale to attendees.
11:00 a.m - Jimtown Saints
12:45 p.m. – Blues 4U – in memory of Mike McKinney
2:30 p.m. – Lamont Gillispie and 100 Proof Blues
4:15 p.m. – David Dunavent and Evol Love
6:00 p.m. – Michael Gough Band
The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival continues throughout the week with over 20 blues performances, including Handy Lunch Breaks in local eateries, workshops, and national blues artists on the Audubon Mill Park stage June 12-15. The Handy festival is a family-friendly event and even offers a Children's Fun Zone with inflatable amusements from June 12-15, with the purchase of an all-day access wristband. The festival itself is completely FREE, thanks to the generous support of sponsors, a complete list of which can be found at the website, www.handyblues.org.