Confederate Railroad headlines Hokes Bluff CityFest

Sep 24, 2019

A car show, plenty of kids activities and about 60 food and craft vendors will set up throughout the day ahead of a night of live music to round out the event, capped by headliner Confederate Railroad.

“There’s a big variety,” said Lisa Godfrey, who has worked with the City of Hokes Bluff to organize the event.

Craft vendors selling home decor, jewelry, metal art, woodworking, mums and more will be set up alongside a number of food vendors serving up barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and more. The Hokes Bluff Huddle House will have a booth offering coupons, menus and giveaways as well.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a kids zone will feature a swinging pirate ship, inflatable monster truck, wind tunnel and giant slide as well as free face painting and more.

In the earlier part of the day, a car show will have plenty of vintage cars on display from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be announced at 2 p.m.

Beginning at 2:30 p.m., attendees are welcome to bring their lawn chairs as a lineup of bands take the stage to wrap up the event with a variety of music.

Foggy Hollow Band will start the show with a bluegrass and country performance, followed with more country music by Bring ’Em Home Band at 4:30 p.m. Ken Wanovich will pay tribute to music from the 1970s and 1980s beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Mo Pitney will take the stage at 7 p.m. Pitney is an up-and-coming country music artist and will soon be releasing a new album, Godfrey said. Pitney grew up in Illinois before moving to Nashville, where he signed with a record label and started working with producer Tony Brown, who is known for his work with George Strait.

Confederate Railroad will wrap up the day with a show starting at 8:30 p.m. Known for tracks like “Trashy Women,” “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind” and “Queen of Memphis,” the band got their start in the early 1990s and still perform about 100 shows a year. They were awarded the Best New Group Award in 1993 by the Academy of Country Music.

Godfrey said organizers have gotten plenty of feedback on how excited the community is to have the band put on a show in Hokes Bluff.

“We’re expecting a big turnout,” she said, but not just for the bands.

“Having an all-day thing with the car show and kids zone, it gives a variety, it gives the family a lot of fun things to do.”

The best part, she said, is that the event is free. Aside from buying crafts, food and drinks, CityFest is free to attend.

The festival will open at 7 a.m. and last through 10 p.m. at the Hokes Bluff City Park and softball complex on Keener Drive. For more information, visit the Hokes Bluff CityFest page on Facebook.