55th Old Fashion Days success
October 4 – GREENUP – The Greenup Old Fashion Days are back this year with its popular Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday, September 30.
The Russell Orchestra started the festivities at 11 a.m., followed by a Spelling Bee (sponsored by the Greenup County Retired Teachers Association – the winner was Hadley Johnson, a fourth grader at Greysbranch Elementary), then there was more entertainment by the talented members of the Russell Group, the Middle and High School Choir and the Russell McDowell Choir. The Raceland-Worthington Choir had its Hillbilly Spectacular, followed by the Raceland Guitar Show, Raceland Bands and Greenup County Cheerleaders. Dewey Sanderson (hammer dulcimer), Kentucky Memories, 5K run, Baby / Children’s Pageant and Gospel Night ended the day on the main stage.
The three-day event was filled with vendors, food and live music from artists such as Mattox Hale, Jace Turley, Rock Bottom Band, Sam L. Smith, The Goodfellas and Larry Pancake. The Greenup Old Tractor Engine and Machinery (GOTEM) showcased farm equipment across generations, and a vintage car show (sponsored by the Lions Club) lined the streets of Greenup town.
Customers were able to view the Quilt Show in the courthouse tax courtroom, watch the Mutt Strut tricycle race and dog show, the Soc and Sam kayak / canoe race, and the pie baking contest. with apples, and of course the annual Old Fashion Parade of the Days.
The theme of the show this year was Memories of Mattie Coldiron’s Old Fashion Days, and the grand marshals of the show this year were her extended family. Coldiron, who has exemplified the soul of Greenup County to many residents for generations, has passed away this year from COVID-19. On September 14, the Greenup County Tax Court officially named the courthouse gazebo The Mattie Coldiron Gazebo and presented his family with a plaque during the opening ceremonies of Old Fashion Days.