?Heritage Days on the Old National Road,? will be held June 10-12, 2016, at the Martinsville Fairgrounds, 620 S. York Street, and the Linn Park Amphitheater, one block east of downtown Martinsville, Illinois, near Cumberland & Mill Street. All events are FREE! Highlights of the Festival will include:
1. Friday evening, "A Night of Bluegrass,"at the Linn Park Amphitheater featuring Firebox. Founded in 2008 and based out of Central Illinois, Firebox specializes in the traditional bluegrass sound, styled after the bands of the late 1940?s, 1950?s and 1960?s. The band prides themselves in the professional attitude they take towards the music and their performance, wearing suits and ties just as they would have done in Bill Monroe?s Bluegrass Boys. Each show has a variety of songs to showcase each member?s talents. Exciting solos, 3 and 4-part harmonies, and a little bit of bluegrass history make for an entertaining and enjoyable performance. Musical influences include greats such as Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Reno & Smiley, J.D. Crowe, Jim & Jesse, Flatt and Scruggs, and many more.
2. Saturday morning beginning at 9:00: Horse Farming Demonstrations including plowing, disking, etc.
3. Saturday & Sunday afternoons beginning at 1:00 p.m.- the Heritage Days Draft Horse, Mule & Haflinger Show will take place at the Martinsville Fairgrounds. This show will be a qualifying show for the North American Classic Draft Horse Six Horse Hitch, the Haflinger Six and the Draft Horse Cart. Hitches from all over the country will be competing.
4. Saturday night, "A Little Bit Of Country," at the Linn Park Amphitheater, featuring Battle Creek. Battle Creek is first and foremost a "Country" band, but they enjoy performing and have been influenced by music from many genres. Nobody blends Country, Rock n' Roll,Gospel & Comedy like Battle Creek. It's The Grand OleOpry, a Sock Hop, Hee Haw & Sunday Morning - all rolled into one. There's something for just about everybody.
5. A Community Wide Church Service at 11:00 at the Fairgrounds with John Hobbs, president & evangelist for Maranatha Ministries Unlimited of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Other attractions will include great food vendors, artists & artisans selling their handmade creations, demonstrations by several artists including demonstrations of skills that were common in days past but which are not seen as frequently today, such as blacksmithing, goat milking, bee keeping, pottery making and wood carving. There will be barrel train rides, face painting and animal balloon-tying for children and horse-drawn wagon rides for all.
Heritage Days is a fun, family oriented weekend. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our heritage while enjoying great entertainment. See the Festival Schedule for times.