September offers events for everyone
By Eugenia Jones
With a 9-11 tribute ceremony, vintage cars/bikes, ghostly storytelling, and bluegrass music, the coming days of September in McCreary County offer something for everyone.
McCreary County Tourism will lead off the month’s activities with a Car & Bike Show on Saturday, September 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in downtown Whitley City. The first thirty-six vehicles to register will receive window flags honoring all of the lives lost on 9-11. There will be a 9-11 ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at the Courthouse. Vendors will be present from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with a cornhole tournament at 1:00 p.m.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area along with the Big South Fork Scenic Railway add to the month’s events with their 11th annual Blue Heron Ghost Train Storytelling event scheduled for September 11-15, via Big South Fork Facebook and YouTube Channels. The storytelling will be streamed beginning at 8:00 on Saturday night and will continue through the 15th.
Talented local storytellers Beth Kilburn, Jim Buck, Robert Stephens, Lounicia Hughett, and Jordan Hughett will, through the age-old tradition of the spoken word, share their traditional tales from around the region via Facebook and YouTube channels. Prior to the main event Saturday night on Facebook and Youtube, the local story tellers will host an hour long meet and greet on the deck of the Stearns depot. The pre-event will feature the storytellers sharing short stories that differ from those shared during the main event. Be sure and mark these exciting and fun storytelling events on your calendar and join a celebration of the role storytelling has played throughout the Cumberland Plateau for generations. For more information, please call 423-569-9778.
Blazin’ Bluegrass 2021 fires up on Thursday, September 16 and continues through Saturday, September 18. The annual bluegrass event, held at the Sandhill RV Camp on Sandhill Road in Whitley City, draws music-loving crowds from all around the world. With blazin’ bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, camping, vendors, and more, the festival offers a great weekend for everyone at a reasonable cost. Well known performers at this year’s festival include C. F. Bailey & Shadow Ridge (host band), Tim Shelton Syndicate, Junior Sisk Band, Blue Highway, The Moron Brothers, King James Boys, Open Rail, Joyful Noise, and many more. The cost of a three-day pass is $35.00. Daily admissions are as follows: Thursday (5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)-$10, Friday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)-$15, Saturday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)-$20.00. Group rates are available. For more information, see the Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival in the Big South Fork Facebook page.