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97 Years of homecoming and festival

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

Special to the Herald-News


This year marks the 97th year of the Branstetter Park Homecoming and Music Festival being held on Saturday, August 26th, and Sunday, August 27th.

The park is located near the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 163, about one mile east of Summer Shade, Kentucky at 396 Branstetter Park-Old Trace Road.

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

You can sit in the tabernacle and enjoy the music and visit with friends or some folks bring their lawn chairs and sit beneath the many beautiful trees while listening. Don’t forget to bring the children or grandchildren.

There is always plenty of food available inside the log building at the concessions. The regular menu is 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. The children’s games begin at 1 p.m. and are for all ages. There are also swings in the park for the children to enjoy.

On Sunday, at 10 a.m. the welcome will be presented by Harold Stilts, the memorials will be read by Terry Hurt, and the traditional memorial song The Last Mile of the Way led by Carol England Chaney will be sung by all.

The message will be brought by Bro. Shane Dodson followed by a potluck lunch so everyone brings a covered dish of their choosing for lunch at noon.

Lunch is followed by special singing by The Feese Family. There are prizes for the person who traveled the farthest to attend, the oldest and youngest in attendance, and the couple married for the longest and least amount of time.

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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