Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

October 28, 2012

Oktoberfest a hit at Kyova Mall

Music, fashion, furry friends and fitness highlight event

CANNONSBURG — Looking out over a food court filled with people while models hit the runway strutting to the beat of a smoking-hot band under the lights on a nearby stage, the manager of Kyova Mall could only smile as the shopping center’s first Oktoberfest rolled on Saturday.

The day began with pancakes for a cause, as the staff of Callihan’s American Pub & Grill volunteered their time, and donated their own tips, to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Ron and Abbie Naumann of Ashland were among the last to take advantage of the benefit short stacks Saturday, along with father and daughter Jack and Corrie Dingess of Ashland. Restaurant owner Tal Callihan said breast cancer research is something he is proud to support.

“I’ve been touched by it in my family and have several friends who’ve been through it ... friends I met out here,” he said. “We’ve done a couple of pancake breakfasts already this month. We may do biscuits and gravy and sausage for one — we may get a better response to that than pancakes!”

With cold air blowing a misty rain throughout the region by lunch, the crowd at the mall was slim for a while and organizers skipped a scheduled songwriter’s session as well as a dog show. There were a few dogs available, however, with AARF volunteers selling new-design shirts and promoting their cause on behalf of canines. As visitors learned more about the organization, they had a chance to meet Abby, as handled by Trayton Long; Buckaroo in the arms of Nikki Johnson; Baby Blair with Missy Elliott as well as Willis and his friend Tony Hart.

Fitness instructor Pam Carter of Get Fit With Pam may have been the first to get a workout with the sound system from the stage, leading an impressive troupe of followers through a Zumba regimen which left even bystanders working to catch their breath.

Equipped with banjo, guitar, mandolin and plenty of vocal strength, a band of musicians who weren’t quite sure what to call themselves worried about a hospitalized bassist. With Tom Timberlake on bass, guitar and vocals; Don Schug on banjo; Ed Blankenship on mandolin, guitar and vocals and Robin Tackett-Blankenship on guitar and vocals.

“It’s been a long time since I picked over here in Kentucky ... about 35 years,” Tackett-Blankenship said before introducing her husband for a turn at lead vocals on “Lonesome Pine.” The singer later dedicated a song to her sister, explaining they used to sing together often before health issues pulled her sibling from the stage.

With the full-tilt energy of a rock band backed by a monster horn section, members of City Heat pumped out a soundtrack for a group of more than 50 models participating in a fashion show sponsored by mall stores Wilma’s and Aaliyah’s.

“We had models of all ages —from six to 91,” said Wilma’s fashion/public relations director Drew Scott, who added his appreciation for the success of the Oktoberfest event. “I’m very pleased with the turnout for the first Oktoberfest at the mall. “

The band City Heat, often fronted by singer “Sweetness,” provided a wide selection of music ranging from classic R&B and dance music to Journey’s “Open Arms” and “Any Way You Want It,” and the BTO rocker “Takin’ Care of Business,” with vocals by drummer Mark Wills.

Music on the mall stage continued into the evening with performances by Don Pedigo, Dustin Burchett with Southern Sound, George Molton and Stephen Salyers gearing up the audience for headliner David Lee Murphy.  A singer and songwriter who is perhaps best known for his songs “Party Crowd” and “Dust on the Bottle,” Murphy performed his set with only an acoustic guitar, singing and playing songs he is known for as well as tunes he wrote which were made famous by other artists.

Gospel musician Ellen Keaton will provide the final Oktoberfest performance at Kyova Mall from 2 to 4 p.m. today (Sunday). Oktoberfest also features vendors, inflatables, carnival entertainment and sales events at mall stores. For more information, call Nickie Smith at (606) 232-0716.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

Text Only
Local News
  • News in brief, 07/31/14

    About 450 marijuana plants were confiscated during an eradication effort in Lawrence County on Tuesday.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731facelift1.JPG Painters finishing up work at ACTC

    When Ashland Community and Technical College students return to campus Aug. 18, they will find fresh paint, clean windows and pressure-washed brickwork on the college’s original building on College Drive.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Night Moves on tap for First Friday

    A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairview school district being investigated

    State education investigators were scheduled to arrive in the Fairview school district this morning to interview school officials.

    July 30, 2014

  • Advisory committee on landfill to meet

    Members of the county’s new advisory committee regarding Big Run Landfill enforcement are encouraged to attend the group’s first meeting next week.
    Committee facilitator Mike Clevenger of Cannonsburg said the panel will meet the first Monday of each month, starting next week. For now, all meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyd County Community Center.

    July 30, 2014

  • Highway dedicated in Morehead man’s name

    During Wednesday morning’s highway dedication ceremony for late airman Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, the man was honored as a Kentucky hero for dedicating his life to the U.S. Air Force until his untimely death last year.

    July 30, 2014

  • Stumbo questions Noah’s Ark incentives, backs off on expanded gambling

    Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of state incentives for a Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in Grant County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Night Moves for First Friday

    A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August in downtown Ashland from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • ‘Arts in the Vines’ will be in conjunction with U.S. 60 Yard Sale

    Offering a different taste of life in Carter County, the owners of RockSprings Winery are inviting locals and visitors to the U.S. 60 Yard Sale to spend some time in their vineyards during the first “Arts in the Vines” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Grimes zeroes in on women’s issues with latest ad

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with a third television ad posing questions from Grimes’ supporters to Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    July 30, 2014