WILLIAMSBURG — From quilt shows to canning, fried food to live entertainment, and not forgetting the car show or beauty pageant, downtown Williamsburg has something for everyone this week.
The 36th annual Old Fashioned Trading Days makes its way to downtown Williamsburg this week with events beginning, vendors opening and the free live entertainment kicking off on Thursday and going on through Saturday.
Williamsburg's annual Old Fashioned Trading Days is sponsored by the Williamsburg Tourism and Convention Commission.
The event boosts visitors to downtown Williamsburg each year, bringing community members, tourists and guests from neighboring areas. The festival showcases local and regional artists, craftspeople and musicians while increasing exposure for the businesses in downtown Williamsburg.
Vendors will start setting up at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Vendors include local food vendors and local and regional artisans who will sell their handmade arts and crafts.
Two stages will also be set up in downtown Williamsburg for music including gospel, Bluegrass, country and even some high school band and choir performances. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs for seating near the stages.
Throughout the festival, exhibits for the quilt show and canning contest will be available for viewing at the Extension Office in downtown Williamsburg from 1-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Other highlights of the three-day festival are the car show in the Whitley County Judicial Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the beauty pageant for participants up to age 18 on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Sid Strunk Memorial Corn Toss Tournament beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Old Fashioned Trading Days holds a quilt show and canning contest every year, with registration beginning Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Whitley County Extension Office in downtown Williamsburg, across from Williamsburg City Hall.
The quilt show and canning contest entries will be on display Thursday from 1- 6 p.m. at the Extension Office.
The live entertainment for Thursday will begin at 4 p.m. on stage one with Gene Siler and Brushy Mountain, followed by Tidal Wave Road at 5 p.m., Virgil Bowlin at 6 p.m., Tad Paddle at 7 p.m. and Sunrise Ridge at 8 p.m.
County Wide will open up the entertainment on stage two at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The vegetable show will also be returning this year and will be held on Friday, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the judging beginning at 11 a.m.
The quilt show and canning contest entries will be on display from 1-6 p.m. at the Extension Office.
On stage one, Whitley Central Intermediate School will begin the entertainment for Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Following Whitley Central Intermediate will be the Williamsburg High School Choir at 10 a.m., followed by the Williamsburg High School Band at 10:30 a.m., the Whitley County Middle School Choir at 11 a.m., the Whitley County High School Choir at 11:30 a.m. and the Whitley County High School Band at noon.
Stage one will also be holding gospel singing beginning at 3 p.m Friday with Allen Duncan, followed by Straight Creek at 4 p.m., The Southern Grace at 5 p.m., Fair Haven at 6 p.m., Kentucky Just Us at 7 p.m. and The Believers will finish out the night at 8 p.m.
Rusty and the Green Horns will be hitting stage two at 5 p.m. followed by Joe Hampton 7 p.m. Friday night.
The annual car show will begin the festivities Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Whitley County Judicial Center and will go until 2 p.m.
The quilt show and canning contest exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension Office and exhibits can be picked up after 1 p.m.
A beauty pageant will begin at 10 a.m. on stage two.
The Sid Strunk Memorial Corn Toss Tournament will take place Saturday, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the tournament beginning at 10 a.m.
The entertainment for Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. on stage one with the Pine Mountain Dancers performing and 11 a.m. with a performance by The Dance Centre.
Leanne Hoffman will perform at 1 p.m. and Tidal Wave at 2 p.m. followed by Reeves Boys at 3p.m. all on stage one.
The musical entertainment will pick back up at 4 p.m. on stage one with Heavenly Heirs, followed by The Whisnants at 5 p.m., Mike Bowling Family at 6:30 p.m. and The Primitives at 8 p.m.
At 7 p.m., a fusion of soft rock and country will be hitting stage two with Frontier Band.