The Henderson Music Preservation Society is proud to present the 22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival during the week of June 9-16 in downtown Henderson, Ky. Over 20 blues performances are scheduled during a weeklong celebration that includes a Street Strut Peoples Parade, The Taste of Henderson Barbecue, Zydeco Night with Red Beans and Rice, and other events. As part of one of the largest free music festivals in the country, Handy events are all offered free of admission.
This year the festival was named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and a Top 10 Summer Event by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.
This Saturday’s kickoff events are as follows:
Saturday, June 9 – The William Branaman Street Strut Peoples Parade
10:00 a.m. beginning in Central Park
All are invited to participate in the Mardi-Gras style parade in downtown Henderson. Prizes will be awarded to the best strutter, most spirited strutter, best decorated umbrella and best business group.
Saturday, June 9 – Taste of Henderson Barbecue
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Central Park, downtown Henderson, Ky.
Local barbecue teams will be cooking up mouth-watering barbecue of mutton, chicken and pork for sale to attendees beginning at 10:00 a.m. until sold out. Music will also be wafting in the cool park air. Artists scheduled to perform are Cole Stevens and Steven Boros, Tee Dee Young, The Boscoe France Band and Them Bones.
Free festival guides are available at The Depot Visitor’s Center at 101 N. Water Street in downtown Henderson. For questions about the festival please contact 1-800-648-3128 or local (270) 826-3128. For more information visit www.handyblues.org