Jarrod E. Stephens
The Ashland Beacon
October is a highly anticipated month in the city of Greenup. For three days, Main Street is closed while vendors showcase their food and handiwork and folks enjoy the annual tradition of Old-Fashioned Days. October 3, 4, and 5 will mark the 54th year for the celebration that has some great musical acts to offer along with contests and fun for everyone.
Admission to the event is free, of course, but once you get on Main Street and smell the mixture of sweet stuff, fried foods, deep-fried, and refried foods you’ll be digging for some change to get your fill on some fine food. Unique crafts, creations, and books can be purchased from local vendors and authors who show off their best work.
Music is simply part of the culture of our region and there will be music to fit all tastes throughout the event. Thursday afternoon is filled with acts from our local school music groups and choirs. Beginning at 4 p.m. gospel music will fill the air as the Oldtown Gospel Heirs take the stage at 6 p.m. and Michael Combs closes out the night beginning at 7 p.m.
On Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Josh Stewart Band will perform. Former contestant from The Voice, Makenzie Thomas will perform at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. the annual talent show will take place on the main stage. If you think you’ve got the talent and the nerve to compete, you can register for the event until 6 p.m. that evening.
Saturday evening’s musical event has been dubbed, “Bluegrass Night on the Main Stage” for a very good reason. The Monte Tarr Band will perform at 5:15 p.m. and be followed up by Charlie Woods and Deep Hollow at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. a special homecoming will occur on the main stage. If you’ve ever noticed as you travel along US 23 and you enter Greenup County, there are signs dedicated to a talented native by the name of Jason Carter. Carter is a member of the Grammy Award-winning band, The Travelin’ McCourys and he will perform along with other local artists to celebrate our county’s musical heritage. From 8-10 p.m. The Travelin’ McCourys will take center stage and finish out the weekend event.
The Old-Fashioned Days celebration is not confined to Main Street. In fact, perhaps the most “old-fashioned” part of the weekend is located at the Farm Bureau office next to US 23. The annual GOTEM tractor show and tractor pull will certainly showcase some of the most unique and well-preserved farm machines of yesteryear. Food and fun are offered daily at the Farm Bureau site.
One of the most anticipated events of the festival is the annual parade. The 2019 Grand Marshal for the parade is Pastor Tom Melvin. Brother Melvin has been the pastor of the Greenup First Baptist Church for 22 years. He is also the chaplain for the Greenup Fire Department where he offers guidance and support for our civil servants. The parade will be on Saturday, October 5 at 4 p.m.
Aside from the special events that are marked with a time, perhaps the most important event occurs continually throughout each day of the festival as old friends get reacquainted and new friends are made. The simple life of Greenup County is on fine display and there truly is something for everyone. Whether you’ve been to the Greenup Old-Fashioned days numerous times or never before, a visit to Main Street during this nostalgic event is certain to have you looking forward to next October. You can learn more about events and schedules by visiting the Greenup Old-Fashion Days website. https://www.greenupoldfashiondays.com