MILLVILLE - The annual Millville Hillbilly Daze festival has a new twist this year ... rather than being held just on Saturday, it begins Friday night at 7 with a concert by the Goose Creek Symphony and Green Genes.
"Some of us wanted to start bringing some shows in," said John Watts, a member of the Millville Sportsmen Club which has sponsored the event across its history. "We have a great facility here that's not used to its full potential and we thought maybe some concerts would be something for the younger people to get excited about."
Watts was referring to the Millville Community Center, formerly the Millville Elementary School. Several years ago the classroom portion of the building was razed, leaving the gymnasium area and a large kitchen. Where the classrooms once were is a partially covered concrete pavilion adjacent to the gym.
It's on that pavilion the concert will be held Friday, beginning with a performance by Green Genes, a band from Lexington at 7 p.m., and the headliner Goose Creek Symphony at about 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person at the door or may be reserved by calling (859) 231-4332.
The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with a parade leaving the parking lot of the Millville Christian Church and proceeding to the area around the community center. It will continue there until late in the afternoon.
Watts said Goose Creek has been around ... off and on ... for about 30 years. The group performs Appalachian, country and rock music.
"About 25 years ago," Watts said, "my wife (Velda) and I moved to New Albany, Ind. We were rummaging around in a music bin in a store and found an eight-track of Goose Creek. The group became one of our favorites.