TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

August 5, 2013

NIBROC is almost here

Pageant is Saturday; 61st Annual Festival starts Aug. 7


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — CORRECTION - Posted Aug. 9, 2013

Due to a reporter’s error, the story “NIBROC is almost here” that appeared on Pages 1A and 3A in Saturday’s Times-Tribune included a misquote from Downtown Corbin’s Director Andrew Salmons about the folk rock band Holy Ghost Tent Revival. It should have read, “They are an exceptional band.” Salmons further clarified by saying, “They have nothing to do with their name, they are a folk rock band,” adding his intent was to distinguish the group from any activities put on by any Christian denomination and to eliminate any confusion that this might be a gospel concert.

We regret the error.

By Jeff Noble / Staff Write

What many people have waited months for is coming around the corner again.

When the sounds of carnival rides and music hook up with the smell of funnel cakes and gyros.

The taste of cotton candy and ice cream combine with the touch of a freshly-bought souvenir, or a ticket on the ferris wheel.

And the sights of people taking over part of downtown for a few fun days are always anticipated on the second weekend in August.

On that weekend, all the senses take over when NIBROC’s around.

It’s brought people to Corbin for 61 years.

This year’s NIBROC — the 61st Annual NIBROC Festival — will be a smaller one.

It won’t have vendors on Main Street, after the state Transportation Cabinet repaved the street back in May and June. The vendors will be in a space between Gordon and Monroe streets, behind the Colonel Sanders Park site. And because of less space there’s fewer vendors — about 26 vendors on the grounds this year —  compared to the 80-100 in years past.

“It’ll be a scaled-back trial run this year to see how everything fits, and then we can adjust our plans for next year and beyond. Trying to move everything to Depot Street makes for fewer vendors this year,” Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bruce Carpenter said.

The entertainment won’t be as big as in years past. National acts such as last year’s headliner, Styx, brought more corporate sponsorships to the festival since companies used them as a way to reward employees. Last year’s NIBROC sponsorships and support from the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission brought up to $80,000 to the festival.

This year, it will have less money to work with.

In June, Corbin Tourism voted to give the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce $15,000 for this year’s NIBROC Festival — $10,000 less than the commission had budgeted for the event. Chamber President Josh Curry was told by the commission he could return to ask for the remainder of the sponsorship once the chamber had a better idea of the festival’s budget and sponsorship contributions. Curry replied at the time the chamber could see a decline in sponsorships, along with reduced proceeds from vendors due to not having as many booths.

Carpenter said as of Thursday, around $22,000 was raised this year in sponsorships for NIBROC. Combined with the $15,000 from Corbin Tourism, the festival has a total of some $37,000 for the festival. He compared that with normal years when $60,000 in sponsorships were combined with the Tourism’s $25,000 donation for an average of $75,000.

“It’s off a bit this year. We have about the same sponsors, but since we’re not having big-name entertainment and fewer vendors, it’s off some,” noted Carpenter, who is also the executive director of the Corbin Economic Development Agency.

He added the money from the sponsors, the carnival and vendors goes back to fund programs such as the Work Ethic program, which prepares students to make the transition from school to work; the Small Business Development Center with Eastern Kentucky University; the Southeast Kentucky Regional Training Consortium; and the recent World Trade Center Export Initiative at the Corbin Center.

Despite the downsizing, some NIBROC attractions remain as is.

The carnival is still there, which remains on Depot Street. This year, it stretches from the Cumberland Valley National Bank drive-through branch on East 1st Street down south to East 7th Street.

“I’m focusing on a bigger and better carnival this year,” Carpenter said.

The volleyball courts will still be downtown, but now moved from the lot behind the Times-Tribune building to across the street behind the Colonel Sanders Park site. The Three-Point Shootout basketball competition will be around the corner of Depot and Gordon streets. And what Carpenter said was “The World’s Largest Pinball Machine” will also hold court in the Depot Street area, while parking for those vendors setting up at NIBROC will be off Depot Street, near the Chamber office.

It will have musical entertainment with Downtown Corbin Director Andrew Salmons working to bring a variety of well-known local and regional groups to the stage. Carpenter said the stage for the entertainment will be located in a 40x80 foot tent located near the corner of Depot and East Monroe streets.

The Miss NIBROC Scholarship Pageant is still a part of the festival today (Saturday). And this year, fireworks will kick off the festivities a day earlier on Wednesday.

Two events take place today.

The Little Miss & Master NIBROC Pageant, along with the Junior Miss NIBROC Pageant get underway from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Betty J. Hamilton Theatre for the Performing Arts at Corbin High School. Then at 8 p.m., the Miss NIBROC Scholarship Pageant goes on, also at the same location.

Last year’s Miss NIBROC was Maggie Ballou. Who will be this year’s winner? Whitney Baker, Taylor Hamlin, Megan Cole, Julia Higginbotham, McKenna Rains, Savannah HIll, Kennedy Foley, Moriah Parker, Kelsey Powell, Hayley Abbott, Kori Sears, Savanna Cobb and Ivy Anderson are the 2013 NIBROC Queen candidates.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the carnival opens at its new location downtown on Depot Street from East 1st to East 7th. Also at 6 p.m., the Three-Point Shootout basketball competition kicks off on Depot and Gordon streets.

Three hours later, there is a special treat for the folks flocking downtown.

The city’s Fourth of July fireworks show was postponed twice due to inclement weather and heavy rains, so those fireworks have been in storage. They’ll be used for a new event, the NIBROC Festival Kickoff Fireworks, which festival goers can also see on Depot Street. The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9 p.m.

Thursday starts out early at 7 a.m. with the NIBROC Festival Kickoff Breakfast to be held at the Dixie Cafe on Main Street. The first day of live entertainment takes place from 4-10 p.m. on the NIBROC Stage near Depot and East Monroe Streets. For those of you more into “spiking,” “one-two-two coverage” and “digging,” there’s a place for you and your team at the first day of the Volleyball Smash from 6-11 p.m. now behind Colonel Sanders Park. And the second day of the carnival on Depot Street is also Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Everybody loves a parade — which they’ll get at 7 p.m., when the 2013 NIBROC Parade starts at 19th Street, then rolls downtown on the newly-paved Main Street.

For those participating in this year’s parade, you’ll line up at 6 p.m.

In case of rain, the NIBROC Parade will be held next Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.

The action kicks in big time Friday from noon until 10 p.m. with live entertainment on the NIBROC Stage. The Volleyball Smash continues for day two from 6-11 p.m., while cornhole enthusiasts can throw for “aces,” “cow pies,” or “screaming eagles” during the 5th Annual Cornhole Tournament. That tournament goes on from 6-11 p.m. at the Princess Vermillion McBurney Recreation Center on Barbourville Street.

At 6 p.m., the carnival opens downtown on Depot Street, and the third day of the Three-Point Shootout also starts at 6 p.m. down on Depot.

Meanwhile, the First Baptist Church on North Laurel Avenue will be the start of two foot race events. From 7-8 p.m., the “Fastest Kid in Town” Road Race takes place in front of the church, with the 2 Mile Run-Walk being held from 8-9 p.m., also in front of the church.

NIBROC 61 wraps up next Saturday, Aug. 10.

From 10 a.m. until noon, the NIBROC Just Lose It Weigh-In for the Top 20 finalists will take place at Corbin City Hall. The third and final day of the Volleyball Smash will take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., while those who can’t get enough of hoop action can get their fix during the NIBROC 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament from noon until 6 p.m. at the Corbin Recreation Center on Barbourville Street.

Live entertainment on the NIBROC Stage runs from noon until 10 p.m., and the third and final day of the carnival on Depot Street starts at 6 p.m, along with the fourth and final day of the Three-Point Shootout, also on Depot Street.

Scheduled for 6 p.m., Carpenter mentioned Thursday the Three-Point Shootout could possibly start earlier next Saturday, and to check with the NIBROC website for more information.

And who will be the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s NIBROC Just Lose It Contest? They will announce the lucky person at approximately 7:30-8 p.m. on the NIBROC Stage.

This reminder — the events schedule is subject to change.

Entertainment-wise, here’s who is scheduled to be playing on the NIBROC Stage during the festival.

Thursday’s lineup starts with Josh Teague and Cayla from 4-6 p.m., followed by The Deadbeat Scoundrels from 6-8 p.m. Scott Grewie wraps up night one of NIBROC entertainment from 8-10 p.m.

More acts climb up onstage during Friday’s festivities, starting with Gerald Fox from noon-2 p.m., followed by Joram Walker from 2-4 p.m, then Tommy and Wayne from 4-5 p.m. The Community Band plays to the crowd from 5-6 p.m., followed by the Meadowlarks from 6-8 p.m., with Tidalwave Road finishing off the night of songs and sounds from 8-10 p.m.

Saturday is the final day for the music with John Morgan playing from noon-2 p.m., followed by Jon Booth from 2-4 p.m. The Kites, who played at Tuesday’s “A Taste of the Market,” return with a show from 4-6 p.m., with Jordan Allen following from 6-8 p.m.

This year’s headliners are the folk rock band Holy Ghost Tent Revival from Greensboro, N.C. When asked about the group, Salmons said, “Don’t let their name fool you. They are an exceptional band.”

Like the schedule of events, the entertainment lineup at this year’s NIBROC is subject to change.

Updates and more information are available at www.corbinky.org/NIBROC/Nibroc_home.cfm.

The taste of cotton candy and ice cream combine with the touch of a freshly-bought souvenir, or a ticket on the ferris wheel.

And the sights of people taking over part of downtown for a few fun days are always anticipated on the second weekend in August.

On that weekend, all the senses take over when NIBROC’s around.

It’s brought people to Corbin for 61 years.

This year’s NIBROC — the 61st Annual NIBROC Festival — will be a smaller one.

It won’t have vendors on Main Street, after the state Transportation Cabinet repaved the street back in May and June. The vendors will be in a space between Gordon and Monroe streets, behind the Colonel Sanders Park site. And because of less space there’s fewer vendors — about 26 vendors on the grounds this year —  compared to the 80-100 in years past.

“It’ll be a scaled-back trial run this year to see how everything fits, and then we can adjust our plans for next year and beyond. Trying to move everything to Depot Street makes for fewer vendors this year,” Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bruce Carpenter said.

The entertainment won’t be as big as in years past. National acts such as last year’s headliner, Styx, brought more corporate sponsorships to the festival since companies used them as a way to reward employees. Last year’s NIBROC sponsorships and support from the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission brought up to $80,000 to the festival.

This year, it will have less money to work with.

In June, Corbin Tourism voted to give the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce $15,000 for this year’s NIBROC Festival — $10,000 less than the commission had budgeted for the event. Chamber President Josh Curry was told by the commission he could return to ask for the remainder of the sponsorship once the chamber had a better idea of the festival’s budget and sponsorship contributions. Curry replied at the time the chamber could see a decline in sponsorships, along with reduced proceeds from vendors due to not having as many booths.

Carpenter said as of Thursday, around $22,000 was raised this year in sponsorships for NIBROC. Combined with the $15,000 from Corbin Tourism, the festival has a total of some $37,000 for the festival. He compared that with normal years when $60,000 in sponsorships were combined with the Tourism’s $25,000 donation for an average of $75,000.

“It’s off a bit this year. We have about the same sponsors, but since we’re not having big-name entertainment and fewer vendors, it’s off some,” noted Carpenter, who is also the executive director of the Corbin Economic Development Agency.

He added the money from the sponsors, the carnival and vendors goes back to fund programs such as the Work Ethic program, which prepares students to make the transition from school to work; the Small Business Development Center with Eastern Kentucky University; the Southeast Kentucky Regional Training Consortium; and the recent World Trade Center Export Initiative at the Corbin Center.

Despite the downsizing, some NIBROC attractions remain as is.

The carnival is still there, which remains on Depot Street. This year, it stretches from the Cumberland Valley National Bank drive-through branch on East 1st Street down south to East 7th Street.

“I’m focusing on a bigger and better carnival this year,” Carpenter said.

The volleyball courts will still be downtown, but now moved from the lot behind the Times-Tribune building to across the street behind the Colonel Sanders Park site. The Three-Point Shootout basketball competition will be around the corner of Depot and Gordon streets. And what Carpenter said was “The World’s Largest Pinball Machine” will also hold court in the Depot Street area, while parking for those vendors setting up at NIBROC will be off Depot Street, near the Chamber office.

It will have musical entertainment with Downtown Corbin Director Andrew Salmons working to bring a variety of well-known local and regional groups to the stage. Carpenter said the stage for the entertainment will be located in a 40x80 foot tent located near the corner of Depot and East Monroe streets.

The Miss NIBROC Scholarship Pageant is still a part of the festival today (Saturday). And this year, fireworks will kick off the festivities a day earlier on Wednesday.

Two events take place today.

The Little Miss & Master NIBROC Pageant, along with the Junior Miss NIBROC Pageant get underway from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Betty J. Hamilton Theatre for the Performing Arts at Corbin High School. Then at 8 p.m., the Miss NIBROC Scholarship Pageant goes on, also at the same location.

Last year’s Miss NIBROC was Maggie Ballou. Who will be this year’s winner? Whitney Baker, Taylor Hamlin, Megan Cole, Julia Higginbotham, McKenna Rains, Savannah HIll, Kennedy Foley, Moriah Parker, Kelsey Powell, Hayley Abbott, Kori Sears, Savanna Cobb and Ivy Anderson are the 2013 NIBROC Queen candidates.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the carnival opens at its new location downtown on Depot Street from East 1st to East 7th. Also at 6 p.m., the Three-Point Shootout basketball competition kicks off on Depot and Gordon streets.

Three hours later, there is a special treat for the folks flocking downtown.

The city’s Fourth of July fireworks show was postponed twice due to inclement weather and heavy rains, so those fireworks have been in storage. They’ll be used for a new event, the NIBROC Festival Kickoff Fireworks, which festival goers can also see on Depot Street. The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9 p.m.

Thursday starts out early at 7 a.m. with the NIBROC Festival Kickoff Breakfast to be held at the Dixie Cafe on Main Street. The first day of live entertainment takes place from 4-10 p.m. on the NIBROC Stage near Depot and East Monroe Streets. For those of you more into “spiking,” “one-two-two coverage” and “digging,” there’s a place for you and your team at the first day of the Volleyball Smash from 6-11 p.m. now behind Colonel Sanders Park. And the second day of the carnival on Depot Street is also Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Everybody loves a parade — which they’ll get at 7 p.m., when the 2013 NIBROC Parade starts at 19th Street, then rolls downtown on the newly-paved Main Street.

For those participating in this year’s parade, you’ll line up at 6 p.m.

In case of rain, the NIBROC Parade will be held next Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.

The action kicks in big time Friday from noon until 10 p.m. with live entertainment on the NIBROC Stage. The Volleyball Smash continues for day two from 6-11 p.m., while cornhole enthusiasts can throw for “aces,” “cow pies,” or “screaming eagles” during the 5th Annual Cornhole Tournament. That tournament goes on from 6-11 p.m. at the Princess Vermillion McBurney Recreation Center on Barbourville Street.

At 6 p.m., the carnival opens downtown on Depot Street, and the third day of the Three-Point Shootout also starts at 6 p.m. down on Depot.

Meanwhile, the First Baptist Church on North Laurel Avenue will be the start of two foot race events. From 7-8 p.m., the “Fastest Kid in Town” Road Race takes place in front of the church, with the 2 Mile Run-Walk being held from 8-9 p.m., also in front of the church.

NIBROC 61 wraps up next Saturday, Aug. 10.

From 10 a.m. until noon, the NIBROC Just Lose It Weigh-In for the Top 20 finalists will take place at Corbin City Hall. The third and final day of the Volleyball Smash will take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., while those who can’t get enough of hoop action can get their fix during the NIBROC 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament from noon until 6 p.m. at the Corbin Recreation Center on Barbourville Street.

Live entertainment on the NIBROC Stage runs from noon until 10 p.m., and the third and final day of the carnival on Depot Street starts at 6 p.m, along with the fourth and final day of the Three-Point Shootout, also on Depot Street.

Scheduled for 6 p.m., Carpenter mentioned Thursday the Three-Point Shootout could possibly start earlier next Saturday, and to check with the NIBROC website for more information.

And who will be the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s NIBROC Just Lose It Contest? They will announce the lucky person at approximately 7:30-8 p.m. on the NIBROC Stage.

This reminder — the events schedule is subject to change.

Entertainment-wise, here’s who is scheduled to be playing on the NIBROC Stage during the festival.

Thursday’s lineup starts with Josh Teague and Cayla from 4-6 p.m., followed by The Deadbeat Scoundrels from 6-8 p.m. Scott Grewie wraps up night one of NIBROC entertainment from 8-10 p.m.

More acts climb up onstage during Friday’s festivities, starting with Gerald Fox from noon-2 p.m., followed by Joram Walker from 2-4 p.m, then Tommy and Wayne from 4-5 p.m. The Community Band plays to the crowd from 5-6 p.m., followed by the Meadowlarks from 6-8 p.m., with Tidalwave Road finishing off the night of songs and sounds from 8-10 p.m.

Saturday is the final day for the music with John Morgan playing from noon-2 p.m., followed by Jon Booth from 2-4 p.m. The Kites, who played at Tuesday’s “A Taste of the Market,” return with a show from 4-6 p.m., with Jordan Allen following from 6-8 p.m.

This year’s headliners are the folk rock band Holy Ghost Tent Revival from Greensboro, N.C. When asked about the group, Salmons said, “Don’t let their name fool you. They are an exceptional band.”

Like the schedule of events, the entertainment lineup at this year’s NIBROC is subject to change.

Updates and more information are available at www.corbinky.org/NIBROC/Nibroc_home.cfm.