Monday, June 11, 2012

The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Continues Today With Handy Lunch Breaks

The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival continues today with Handy Lunch Breaks, featuring live music and events at locations throughout Henderson, Ky.

WHAT: Handy Lunch Breaks feature local musicians and authors at area restaurants and other venues.

WHO/WHERE/WHEN: There are two lunch breaks scheduled for TODAY, Monday, June 11:

Venue #1: Planter's Coffeehouse
Address: 130 N. Main Street, Henderson
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Performer: ‘N’ Tune Piano Services Piano and Guitar Students

Venue #2: Riverbend Academy and the Henderson YMCA
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Performer: Zumba® & Blues Lunch Break with the Henderson Z-Chicks

WHY: Handy Lunch Breaks are a part of the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival, one of the largest free music festivals in the nation. The festival kicked off June 9 with the a full day of activities and live music and will continue throughout the week. Live music at Audubon Mill Park, featuring national blues recording artists, begins Wednesday, June 13 and continues through Saturday, June 116. The festival is FREE and open to the public.

For the complete festival schedule, including a list Handy Lunch Breaks for the rest of the week, go to

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Handy Festival Kicks off this Saturday in Central Park

Free Events to Include Music, Parade, Community Events

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 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Highway 41 Yard Sale Set for June 22-23, 2012

The first-ever Highway 41 Yard Sale is set for June 22-23, 2012 in Western Kentucky, covering over 150 miles.

The sale will include both Highway 41 and Highway 41A. Participating cities on the 41 route include Henderson, Anthoston, Robards, Sebree, Slaughters, Hanson, Madisonville, Earlington, Mortons Gap, Nortonville, Empire, Crofton, Kelly, Hopkinsville, Pembroke, Trenton and Guthrie. Participating cities on the 41A route include Henderson, Cairo, Poole, Dixon, Providence, Nebo, Manitou and Madisonville. A map of the route is available at

Hundreds of local individuals, businesses, and groups are expected to participate this year, setting up yard sales and craft booths on their properties along the highway.  This unique event allows visitors from Kentucky and surrounding states to enjoy an exciting shopping experience, while taking in the distinctive flavor of the region’s unique restaurants, shops, and southern hospitality. The sale will also provide an excellent opportunity for local organizations and clubs to hold fund-raising events. 

Property owners located along the route may participate in the event by either holding a yard sale or sidewalk sale or offering the use of their property to yard sale participants. Property owners who offer the use of their property may decide whether to charge a fee for that use, as well as the hours and days they will participate. Those Henderson County participants interested in selling food should contact the Environmental Health Office at the Henderson County Health Department at (270) 826-3951 x1003 between 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Monday-Friday for preparation and serving guidelines, permits and fees. 

A limited supply of yard signs are also available for property owners on the routes. You may pick up your sign at The Depot at 101 N. Water Street in downtown Henderson. The first sign is free. Additional signs are $5 each. There are no necessary registration forms for this event.

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For local information call The Henderson County Tourist Commission at (270) 826-3128.