The 54th annual Old Fashion Days will return to Greenup County beginning today and running through Saturday.
County residents, friends and visitors from around the area turn out to enjoy a celebration of Greenup history. The parade’s Grand Marshal is Dr. Thomas Melvin, a Greenup County native who has pastored several churches in the area.
Old Fashion Days begin at 9 this morning with opening ceremonies, during which the winner of the pumpkin-growing contest will be announced. Ceremonies will be followed by the Greysbranch/Argillite Elementary Singers under the direction of Keith Simmons. This will be followed by the Wurtland Middle School Choir and Band.
Flu shots will be available from the Greenup County Health Department inside the court house beginning at 10 a.m. The county spelling bee finals will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the McKell Middle School Choir and Band will perform and there will be a Wurtland Elementary students parade. The McKell fifth-grade choir, Russell McDowell choir, Wurtland Elementary singers, Russell choirs, Greenup County High School choir, Russell High School band, Raceland choir and Raceland guitar ensemble will perform.
The Greenup County cheerleaders and Tammy Jo’s Studios/River Cities Dance Company will show off their skills. At 5 p.m., G.O.T.E.M. will have a tractor parade down Main Street.
There will be a 5K run sponsored by OLBH Firm Fitness at 6 p.m. Gospel night is set for today as well. The Oldtown Gospel Heirs will perform at 6 p.m. followed by Michael Combs at 7 p.m.
At 9 a.m. Friday, food vendors and craft booths open. A tractor show will take place at the Farm Bureau field. Registration for the pizza eating contest opens, and then at 9:30 free Old Fashion games begin.
The Children’s pumpkin toss will be at 2 p.m. Friday. The pizza eating contest (sponsored by Giovannis) begins at 3. At 6 p.m., Makenzie Thomas will perform. She will host the talent show at 7 p.m.
Registration for the costume contest and apple pie baking is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Registration for the Soc and Sam canoe and kayak race on the Little Sandy and the Antique Car and Jeep Show is at 8:30 as well.
The Old Fashion costume contest will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. The dog show is at 9:30 a.m. There will be a display of Old Fashion quilts in the courthouse. The Rail City Dulcimer Society will be highlighted at 11 a.m. The canoe race is set for noon. Apple pie winners will be announced around that time. At 12:15 p.m., the Kentucky Memories Old Time String Band is set to take the stage. The baby pageant will begin at 1 p.m.
Parade lineup and judging is at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. At 3:30, the first annual beard contest, sponsored by the Greenup Lions Club will be held. The Old Fashion Days parade is slated for 4 p.m. Bluegrass night begins at 5:15 p.m. with performances by Monte Tarr Band, Charlie Woods and Deep Hollow, Jason Carter Homecoming and the Travelin’ McCourys.
A full list of times and schedules will be available at the event.