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96th Year for Branstetter Park Homecoming

Shade tree pickers from a past music festival. Jobe Publishing Archives

Special to the Herald-News


The Branstetter Park Homecoming and Music Festival is scheduled for its 96th year on Saturday, August 27th, and Sunday, August 28th. There aren’t many free events, but this one is, so bring the whole family.

The lovely historical park has an abundance of shade trees, a pavilion, and a log building that holds the concessions. The park is located near the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 163, about one mile east of Summer Shade, Kentucky.

On Saturday, the music starts at 10 a.m. with Jared Shaw and Friends, then at 12:30 p.m. the Hornet’s Nest Pickers take over the stage until Arthur Hatfield and Buck Creek take over at 2:45 p.m.

Also, beginning at 10 a.m. are the concessions with hotdogs, chicken or Mexican hamburger plates, pinto beans and cornbread, and those mouthwatering homemade desserts.

Throughout the day there will be traditional craft booths and shade tree pickers galore. You might even get into a game of checkers. At 1:00 p.m. the children’s games begin. The games are for all ages and include the diaper derby, stick horse race, relay race, ball toss, 3-legged race, sack race, tug of war, and a bicycle race. There are also swings in the park for the children to enjoy.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday will be the welcome presented by Harold Stilts, Memorial by Terry Hurt, Memorial Song “The Last Mile of the Way,” a devotional by Bro. Paul Conrad, a Message by Bro. Josh Grider, and special singing by The Sons of Zion from Green County. Originally scheduled to sing was The Parnell Family, but sadly a member of the group recently passed away. Our deepest sympathy goes out to them at this time.

Also on Sunday, are prizes for the person who traveled the farthest to attend, the oldest and youngest in attendance, and the couple married the longest time. This year there will be no potluck lunch.

If you would like more information call 270-428-4061 or 270-670-9910.

A 3-legged sack race from a past homecoming. Jobe Publishing Archives

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