Hillbilly Woodstock to Feature Moonshiners and Music
MAGGIE VALLEY — Thousands of bluegrass and country music fans are expected to converge on Maggie Valley this weekend for the fifth annual Hillbilly Woodstock.
Admission costs $6 per day or $10 for both days. The entertainment lineup is comprised of 20 artists, including Joe Lasher Jr., Andy Buckner, SmokeRise, the Ryan Perry Band, Neon Truckers, Pioneer Chicken Stand and headliner Kaitlyn Baker, who recently released her debut single, “Burn,” from an upcoming album on the Silvercreek Records label.
“This is going to be so much fun,” Baker said. “Being from southwestern Virginia, I can relate to the mountain lifestyle and people. I’m really looking forward to being there.”
More than a music festival, Hillbilly Woodstock is both a serious and humorous celebration of Appalachian culture. The event will feature working moonshine stills, arts and crafts, food and special celebrity guests, including Big Juicy from the truTV series “Lizard Lick Towing” and Greg Shook from the TV series “Appalachian Outlaws” on the History Channel.
There will also be several cast members of the Discovery Channel reality series “Moonshiners” such as Mike “Mud Dog” Mitchell, Jim Tom Hedrick, Mark Rogers and Roy Grooms.
“These are real moonshiners who have spent time in jail,” said festival co-founder Becky Ramey, laughing. “They’ll be selling merchandise and signing autographs. They were among our most popular guests last year, and I’m sure this year will be no different.”
Other special guests will also include Shane McCoy and James Hatfield, descendants of the infamous, feuding Hatfields and McCoys, who will perform a lumberjack-themed program. There will also be a car and motorcycle show called “Hillbilly Show ‘n Shine.”
Each of the first 25 “Show ‘n Shine” participants will receive a hand-crafted, copper model of a moonshine still. Hillbilly Woodstock draws fans from around the country, and last year was named “Event of the Year” by the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Sponsors include Howling Moon Distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Budweiser, Jarden Home Brands (makers of Ball brand canning jars), Smoky Mountain Steel Horses (Harley-Davidson), and the Maggie Valley Inn & Conference Center.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Hillbilly Woodstock will benefit the Francis Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps sick and injured animals in Haywood County.
“There’s something for everyone at Hillbilly Woodstock,” Ramey said. “It’s just hillbillies and rednecks sitting around, having fun. If you’re not one when you get here, you will be, by the time you leave!”
Hillbilly Woodstock will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. All ages admitted. For more information, visit www.HillbillyWoodstock.com or www.Facebook.com/hillbillywoodstockfestival.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Friday, Aug. 1
Noon-12:45 p.m. Paul Constantine
1-1:45 p.m. Jake Cox
2-2:45 p.m. Steven Phillips
3-3:45 p.m. Pioneer Chicken Band
4-4:45 Andy Buckner
5-5:45 p.m. Morgan Stepp & Eric Shelton
6-6:45 Soco Creek Band
7-7:45 p.m. Chad Walker Band
8-9:15 p.m. Tailgate Mafia Band
9:30-11 p.m. Ryan Perry Band & SmokeRise Band
Saturday, Aug. 2
11-11:45 a.m. Ryan Perry Band
Noon-12:45 Croon 'n Cadence Band
1-1:45 p.m. Road Runnerz Band
2-2:45 p.m. Neon Truckers Band
3-4:15 p.m. Kendra Welch
4-4:45 p.m. Show & Shine Awards
4:45-5:45 p.m. The Real Hatfields & McCoys Show
6-7:30 p.m. Kaitlyn Baker
7:45-9:15 p.m. Joe Lasher Jr. Band
9:30-10:45 p.m. Andy Buckner Band