Hank Williams Sr. Fan Club plans fun activities for upcoming fest

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 20, 2006

The kickoff of the annual Hank Williams Festival is just a couple of weeks away, and organizers have plenty planned to keep attendees well-fed and enjoying lots of good country music.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday, June 1, at the Hank Williams Sr. Club House on Rose Street in Georgiana.

&#8220We've got a big picnic planned, with hot dogs, chips and more, at the club house. It will start around 5 p.m. on Thursday, and everyone is invited to come and join us,” Hank Williams Fan &#8220Clubber” Cecil Basden said.

An outdoor jam session/talent contest is also planned for Thursday evening at the clubhouse. Plenty of musicians should be on hand to play all manner of instruments from fiddle to washboard as they sing country classics for the crowd.

Fan club activities continue Saturday morning, June 2, with a fan club breakfast planned for 7 a.m. at Georgiana High School.

And the music won't be over after headliner Ray Price leaves the stage Saturday night, either.

&#8220We also want to invite folks to join us on Sunday afternoon to hear George Hamilton IV in concert at the G-Ana Theatre,” Basden said.

The Hamilton concert is slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

In between the fan club activities, there is a full slate of performers scheduled for the Hank Williams Music Park in the heart of Georgiana.

Friday evening gates open at 3 p.m. with Brad Magness, John Conlee and Billy Joe Royal set to perform. On Saturday, gates open at 8 a.m. with Brad Magness returning for a second set. Doug Stone, Hank's daughter Jett Williams and Ray Price will all take the music park stage on Saturday.

Other performers slated to appear at Hank Fest include Mary McDonald, Colin Leatherwood, David Church, Ray Bruce, Jeremy Houston, Garrett Miles, fiddling sisters Hilary and Haleigh Spangler, Greenville's own Starla Jones, Elaine McMillian, local musicians Robert Layton and Blu Braden with the Music Makers, Jamie Lyn Barber and Tony Brooks.

Arts and crafts, concessions and plenty of Hank memorabilia will also be available for festival attendees to enjoy each day.

Advance weekend tickets are still available for $30 through May 31 (a $10 discount); Friday tickets are $15 each and Saturday tickets are $25.

Bring your lawn chairs, but leave the lounge chairs, coolers, food, drink or pets at home, please. For more information on the upcoming festival, contact 376-2396 or email cityofgeorgiana@centurytel.net.