Don't miss the 2016 Greene Countrie Towne Festival -- July 15-16-17
Summer is coming, and that means it will soon be time for the annual Greene Countrie Towne Festival, scheduled the third weekend of each July by the Greenfield Rotary Club. This year’s dates are July 15-16-17, and as usual, there will be plenty of free entertainment along with festival food, the Rotary auction, antique cars and tractors, a queen pageant and much more! Headlining the Saturday entertainment will be Gary and Don Adams and the Greenfield Express. This group includes band members that backed up such country music legends as Johnny Paycheck and George Jones. The outstanding musicians in this group have also performed with other iconic performers and written and recorded their own songs as well. Scroll down to learn more about the 2016 festival.
GARY & DON ADAMS & THE GREENFIELD EXPRESS Some outstanding musicians who have backed up several country music legends will be appearing on stage at the 2016 Greene Countrie Towne Festival. Local musician Gary Adams and his brother Don were part of the musical core of bands that traveled and recorded with George Jones and Johnny Paycheck. While the legendary Jones and Paycheck are no longer living, the music they made is part of the fabric of country music, and Adams has put together a band capable of paying tribute to Paycheck, Jones and their contemporaries who still receive regular airplay on classic country stations and other musical outlets. The musical collective scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16 is known as Gary and Don Adams and the Greenfield Express. Gary Adams spoke to the Greenfield Rotary Club in February and discussed the genesis of this festival concert. He had been approached about performing at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival and said he thought, “If we’re really going to do this…let’s do it the right way.” The “right way” to do a show, he said, is to have his band playing on the stage in the streets of Greenfield paying tribute to a couple of those greats – Paycheck and Jones – as well as promoting Greenfield. Adams began contacting musicians he had worked with in the past, and the list includes: Doug Jernigan on pedal steel guitar, who traveled with Paycheck and in 1994 was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. Eli Bishop on fiddle Billy Dingus on piano and vocals Steve Marple on drums Mike Judge or Dean Imboden on bass and vocals Gary Adams on guitar and vocals
Adams said he’s been playing music since he was a child. “I’ve just always been a musician,” he said. Adams and his brothers grew up in the Lyndon area just east of Greenfield in Ross County. The first person Gary remembers meeting other than family members was Paycheck, known then as Donnie Lytle. When he was 10 or 11 years old, Adams joined Lytle in a talent show at McClain High School. “He was a good guy and he was a bad guy,” Adams said of Paycheck, but he said that he thought in the end the good outweighed the bad.
In September 2015, Mike Judge, the creator of “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill” and co-creator of Emmy Award-nominated “Silicon Valley,” flew Adams and his brothers, Don and Arnie, to Hollywood to shoot footage for a 12-episode pilot that Judge wants to air on HBO and Cinemax, according to Adams and his promoter, Hillsboro resident Johnny Deans. Getting the living members of the band together for this show, Adams said, could be “the last roundup” because everyone is getting older. However, based on the talents and seasoning of the personnel involved, Adams noted the performance at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival could be “the best show ever.”
JEREMY PINNELL Jeremy Pinnell grew up in Northern Kentucky just south of the Ohio River, where the towns are equal parts Southern hospitality, Northern attitude, and Midwestern charm. As a kid he sang in church and learned how to play the guitar with his dad, and as he got older he figured out he wasn't just carrying a tune; he could really sing. When Jeremy sang, the room got quiet. Heads turned. At 18 he left home and began writing and singing country music. His voice made him a hometown hero but his demons kept him a secret to the world. “OH/KY” tells the story of the next 18 years of Jeremy's life, and it's a damn good story. It has all the things people love to read about. And most of all, it's a true story that's been recorded in the most honest way possible. The album was cut live over the course of three days in a recording studio located in the river town of Covington, KY. The group of players on the album are The 55s, a honky tonk band out of The Queen City who lay the foundation so Jeremy's voice can shine and his story can come to life. If you like good old traditional country music sung by a gifted vocalist backed up by a weepy steel guitar and some sizzling Telecaster licks, check out Jeremy Pinnell and The 55s at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival. More info: http://www.jeremypinnell.com/
QUEEN PAGEANT Area girls will vie for the title of Greene Countrie Towne Festival queen on Friday, July 15. The free-to-the-public pageant is sponsored by the Greenfield Women’s Queen Association under the leadership of Bonnie Baldridge. Entertainment during the pageant will be provided by the GWQA.
ROCKIN’ RON Another Friday highlight will be popular DJ Rockin’ Ron, who has been a mainstay of the Greenfield summer festival for years. His collection of recordings has grown to almost Smithsonian proportions, and the odds are excellent that he can play even the most unusual requests. In addition to his extensive musical collection, Rockin’ Ron has lots of other bells and whistles, such as machines that spew forth smoke, fog and bubbles -- and enough hula hoops to make a chiropractor smile! For some years now, Friday at the festival means a Rockin’ Ron dance. Join Ronald Smith and his crew for a fun-filled evening under the stars at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival.
BABY CONTEST A full day of Saturday activities kicks off with the popular Baby Contest sponsored by Edgewood Manor of Greenfield. Judging will take place Saturday morning before things get too hot and will be based on overall beauty and personality (not clothing). All entrants will receive a participation ribbon and gift. For more information, contact Edgewood Manor at 937-981-2165.
ROTARY AUCTION Wow! Where else can you get some great bargains and also help your community by building up the Rotary bank account? Thanks to generous area businesses, organizations and individuals, many interesting items will be on sale at the auction, with all proceeds going into the Greenfield Rotary Club's coffers to help maintain the Ralph W. Phillips Recreation and Civic Center and finance other worthwhile projects in the community. Many items will be offered for sale this year, including 10 limited-edition prints by artist Tammy Wells featuring the historic Elliott Hotel.
ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW Antique farm equipment holds a very dear place in the hearts of farming families who once toiled in the fields behind oxen, horses or mules. Those old John Deeres and Massey Fergusons certainly improved the quality of life for both man and beast! Today, vintage farm equipment also harkens back to a simpler time that many people dearly miss. The old tractors were like family members and had many unique characteristics. Even today they stir memories and spark interesting conversations. Be sure to check out the Farmalls, Olivers, Fords and other stately machines at this year's Greene Countrie Towne Festival. This show is brought to you by the Greenfield Antique Tractor & Machinery Club.
MODERN MOVEMENT DANCE COMPANY The Modern Movement Dance Company has transfixed audiences at the Greenfield Countrie Towne Festival for several years under the direction of Whitney Beekman. Modern Movement is a program for children ages 3 and up that features all types of dancing to help those high-energy kids burn off some of their excess energy and teach them grace and skill on the dance floor. Typical performances involve numerous routines and costume changes to a variety of music that appeals to all ages. More info: https://www.facebook.com/CareDanceTeam/?pnref=lhc
PROFESSOR FARIS MAGIC SHOW Steve Faris has donated three books to the Hillsboro Public Library. October is National Magic Month and Mr. Faris has a large collection of magic items on display at the library. The books being donated are "The Art of Magic" by Carl Waldman and Joe Layden, "The World's Greatest Magic" by Hyla Clark, and "Of Legierdemaine and Diverse Juggling Knacks" by John Braun. More info and a look at the magician at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDLaLS8BbBA
CALEB MOOTISPAW Local guitarist, singer/songwriter and cross country runner extraordinaire Caleb Mootispaw will lend his musical talents to the Greene Countrie Towne Festival prior to the Sunday afternoon parade. This gifted young man has performed at local churches, telethons and other venues, another example of the fine musical talent to be found in and around Greenfield. Asked to describe himself and his musical goals, Caleb provided the following: “I am a Christian musician with a heart for community service, mainly in the form of praise and worship. Through an acoustic performance, I hope to share the message of God's grace and healing in my life with others.”
EDWARD LEE MCCLAIN DAY The festival will be even more special in 2016 as “Edward Lee McClain Day” is observed in Greenfield and around the county on Sunday, July 17. In 2015 Greenfield observed the centennial of McClain High School, an art-filled gift to the community from industrialist and philanthropist Edward Lee McClain. Mr. McClain and his wife Lulu Johnson McClain wanted to create a school that would not only educate, but inspire, and they succeeded admirably. Plans are under way to honor the McClains further by having busts of the couple created and displayed in the school that bears their name. Prior to the Greene Countrie Towne Festival parade, community leaders and school officials will recognize the continuing importance of the McClains’ great gift and honor the legacy of this couple. Also during the festival, items will be revealed that are scheduled to be inserted into a time capsule at McClain High School. In 2015 during the centennial of the high school, a time capsule was unearthed and created quite a stir in the community. What items will go into the 2016 time capsule? We will know more at festival time!
PARADE Lots and lots of parade units will be in Greenfield on Sunday afternoon for the parade, one of the events that caps the festival each year. Politicians, athletic teams, youth organizations, service clubs, fire departments and businesses are just a few of the units on the parade list.
BOONIE THE MAGICIAN David “Boonie” Brizius is a veteran magician, entertainer and show business entrepreneur who has spent decades entertaining audiences large and small with feats of prestidigitation. He plans to be strolling around Greenfield on Sunday, July 17 during the Greene Countrie Towne Festival. So be on the lookout for Boonie the Magician, who is especially beloved by young children. More info: http://www.magicwaterstheatre.com/
Thousands of people come to Greenfield, Ohio each summer to enjoy the Greene Countrie Towne Festival. The community festival takes place during the third weekend of July, offering visitors a chance to enjoy free entertainment, explore the community’s rich history, renew old friendships and make new ones. Proceeds from festival events help local organizations to operate for the good of the community. The photos on this page show some of the entertainers and activities at past festivals. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for the third weekend of July, and plan to attend the next Greene Countrie Towne Festival! The Greenfield Rotary Club thanks everyone who attended the 2015 festival. We hope to see you again in 2016!