The Cluck Stops Here

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Article Published: May. 24, 2012 | Modified: May. 28, 2012
The Cluck Stops Here

David Thompson performs at ChickenFest in Wilkesboro.



When it comes to music, there will be a little bit of everything at ChickenFest 2012.

The seventh annual Americana music event will be held on Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at The Record Park at the corner of Fourth and E streets in North Wilkesboro.
ChickenFest is sponsored and hosted by The Record and is free to attend.

Bluegrass and old-time music will be the main attraction with groups like Ernest Johnson and Friends, The Dixie Duo, Kudzu and R.G. Absher and Mountain Heritage. But there will also be blues by The Liver Spots, acoustic rock by Bill Ellis and Andy Rhodes, Sonny Remington and Crystal Dean Owen, classic country by The Ward Eller Band, modern country by Ray Allen Jr. and the group County Line, as well as fusion stylings from Darby Road and Rick Brockner.

A tribute to Dr. T.R. Bryan will be a highlight of this year’s ChickenFest. Award winning musician and Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame member David Johnson will emcee and organize the tribute to Bryan, which will be held on Saturday, May 26.

Dr. Thomas Rhudy “T. R.” Bryan Jr. delivered more than 9,000 babies and was beloved by countless members of our community.

Bryan, 81, of North Wilkesboro, died Sept. 7, 2011, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The well-known pediatrician practiced in Wilkes for 48 years – from 1955 until he retired in 2003. Known as “Doc” or “T.R.” to most of his friends, Bryan also was a fan of the traditional music of the region and was instrumental in the formation and perpetuation of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.

The tribute will feature Johnson, Eric Ellis, Grammy winner Tut Taylor – all members of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame – BackPorch Bluegrass, Charles Tesh and many others.

As always, music is the main attraction of the event.

The festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25. The evening will be WKBC Radio’s Hometown Opry Night at ChickenFest. North Wilkesboro Mayor Robert Johnson and Record publisher Ken Welborn will welcome the crowd. The night’s music will feature The Ward Eller Band, Doreen Pinkerton, Ray Allen, Jr., Maple Creek, String Hysteria, County Line and R.G. Absher and Mountain Heritage.

Saturday’s lineup will include Darby Road, Devin Huie and The Elkin Creek Boys. A flag raising ceremony, conducted by the VFW Post 1142 Honor Guard will be held around noon. Lauren Stutts will sing the National Anthem. Music will resume with Jerry and Gabriella Lankford and Lauren Stutts, Bill Ellis and Andy Rhodes, Crystal Dean Owen, Anna Lankford, Steve Englebert, Ruby Williams and Chris Eller, The Dixie Duo, Jacob Johnson, Ernest Johnson, Davaughn Ladd, Carol Minton and Jane Noland with Logan Welborn, The Liver Spots, Ralph Clanton, Madison McKinney, Heidi Holloway, Rick Brockner, Edwin Osborne, Larry Griffin, Sonny Remington, BackPorch Bluegrass and Kudzu. The evening will conclude with the Tribute to Dr. T.R. Bryan.

Sunday will begin with an 11 a.m. church service by Arbor Grove United Methodist Church. Music will resume at noon with Linda Cabe and Joey Neal, Doreen Pinkerton, and The Davis Family.

Food, which will consist of all chicken dishes, will be sold by Arbor Grove United Methodist Church, The Church of God Union Assembly and Dennyville Baptist Church.

A play area for children will also be provided.

For more information about ChickenFest, call (336) 667-0134 or email (lankford@therecordofwilkes.com)



Directions

From Boone, take U.S. 421 South to Wilkesboro, turn left onto 421 Business at stoplight and follow D Street to 4th Street, and turn left to E Street.

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