CORBIN — The 67th annual NIBROC Festival begins Wednesday with a long weekend full of entertainment, rides, games, food and more.
The vendors will begin setting up in downtown Corbin on Wednesday with the carnival rides opening at 6 p.m. Armbands for rides on Wednesday night are $10.
The NIBROC Photo Contest sponsored by the Appalachian Photographic Society will accept entries at You & Me Coffee and Tea from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Thursday the entertainment will be brought to the NIBROC Festival by the local restaurants in downtown Corbin. The Caboose will have music by Lightning Round, Shep's Place will provide music from Podgy Brown Band and offer an open mic night, The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery will have 70's themed trivia and Austin City Saloon is working on providing entertainment as well.
WCTT 107.3 will offer games from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Nibroc Park, one of those games includes a watermelon eating contest.
The NIBROC Volleyball Tournament will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Gordon and Depot streets.
The NIBROC Parade will go down Kentucky Street beginning at 7 p.m. with lineup beginning on Master Street at 6 p.m.
Friday night will be headlined by a concert by Rick Springfield, well-known for his 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl". The concert will be at 9:30 p.m. and the concert stage this year will be at Depot and Monroe streets.
Before Rick Springfield takes the stage, Pistol Whip will open the entertainment for the evening at 7:30 p.m. The musical entertainment is free.
Earlier in the day Friday, festival goers can try minute-to-win-it games at Nibroc Park with WCTT 107.3 FM.
The radio station will also host NIBROC's Got Talent at 7 p.m. with registration beginning at 6 p.m.
The NIBROC Volleyball and Cornhole tournaments begin at 6 p.m., with volleyball on the corner of Gordon and Depot streets and cornhole along Depot Street.
Runners and walkers can stretch their legs in the NIBROC 2-mile run at 8 p.m. and the Fastest Kid in Town race at 7 p.m. The races will begin on Laurel Avenue in front of First Baptist Church.
On Saturday the volleyball tournament kicks off early at 8 a.m. and festival goers can again try minute-to-win-it games at Nibroc Park with WCTT 107.3 FM from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The radio station will also host church groups who will perform at Nibroc Park from noon to 5 p.m. and local bands from 5 to 10 p.m.
The Corbin Rotary Club will have a Bicycle Rodeo from noon to 3 p.m. at the corner of Depot and Gordon streets.
The NIBROC 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will begin at noon at the Corbin Recreation Center.
Festival goers can check out the Hugh Harris Masonic Lodge Cruise-In at Corbin City Hall's parking lot beginning at 5 p.m.
The entertainment to close out the 67th annual NIBROC Festival will be Elvie Shane at 7:30 p.m. and Tyler Booth at 9:30 p.m. at the stage located at Depot and Monroe streets.
Throughout the long weekend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, vendors will open at noon each day and the beer garden in Colonel Sanders Park opens at 5 p.m.
Watch out for a flash mob that will do a random performance in the middle of the festivities. The dancers will be from Corbin Wellness Center's Steph Carr's Zumba class.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday carnival rides open at 6 p.m. with the $20 as the cost for the armbands.
Festival goers can cool off in You & Me Coffee and Tea and browse the NIBROC Photo Contest entries that will be on display from 5 to 10 p.m. each evening.