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Hillbilly Days Opening Ceremony 2019


April 11,12,13, 2019

The Welcoming Ceremony will be held

Thursday April 11, 2019 at 5 pm in Pikeville City Park.

  • Jimmy Kinney introduces Wayne T Rutherford, as Master of Ceremony--former Pike County Judge Executive, member Thomas C Cecil Lodge #375 F&AM, member El Hasa Shrine Temple, member Hillbilly Clan #1 Outhouse #2.  In 1977 Judge Rutherford proclaimed Hillbilly Days as an annual event.

  • Wayne T Rutherford introduces Rev. Eddie Overstreet for benediction.

  • Rutherford will introduce ________ to sing National Anthem.

  • Adam Estep will leade the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance--Wayne Rdolph will serve as flag bearer.

  • Rutherford will introduce Tom Ross, former Imperial Clan Officer, Kent Bartley, Raban of Hillbilly Clan #1, Outhouse #2, Pikeville, CA Gatlin, Imperial Hillbilly Ambassadoe, Hillbilly Clan #82, Charleton, SC, Wayne Rudolph Hillbilly Clan #87, Cold Springs, NY, and Lloyd Pancake, Raban of Hillbilly Clan #1, Ashland, KY.

  • Harry Steele, Raban of the Imperial Hillbilly Clan of Ashland, KY will introduce his officers Donald Cox and Mike Basye.

  • Ray Jones, Pike Co Judge Executive, member Thomas C Cecil Lodge #375, F&AM member El Hasa Shrine Temple, member Hillbilly Clan #1 Outhouse #2 presents the "Key to Pike County" to Joseph Scites, Hillbillly Clan #50 Greenfield, Wisconsin.

  • Jimmy Carter Mayor of Pikeville presents "the key to the City of Pikeville to Bill White, Hillbilly Clan #82 Outhouse #1, Spartanburg, SC.

  • Rutherford will introduce Larry Webster, host of "bluegrass Music & Old Time Mountain Music in Pikeville City Park.

  • Rutherford will introduce guest speakers:  Jerry Blevins, Ashland, KY, Dale Wallenius of Lexington, KY, Tony Tackett, Pike Co Tourism Executive Director, Jordan Gibson, Director SE chamber of Commerce; Philip R Elswick, City Manager and Howard "Dirty Ears" Stratton HBD co-founder.

  • Rutherford will thank everyone for helping celebrate the 43rd Hillbilly Days.

Official opening to 43rd Annual Hillbilly Days…. let the fun begin!!!!!!

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