Slip on your overalls, pack a cud of tabacky into your jaw and get ready for the best damn hillbilly folk art country rockin' hootenanny this side of Appalachia. It's time for Steve White's Yard Fest 2003, coming your way Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artists will be coming from as far afield as California, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee to peddle their wares. Among them you'll find Alan and Cindy Pruitt, C.M. and Grace Kelly Laster, and Ramona Hotel. A flatbed full of locals including Jeff Sipe, Elena Baca, Goldie Garcia and White himself will be selling their folk art as well. There'll also be plenty of music from the likes of Los Viejos con sus Amigos, Daddy Long Loin, the Surf Lords, the Shine Cherries, Tom Bodean and Young Edward.
That's just for starters. You won't want to miss the hillbilly biathalon (pie-eating and seed-spitting), or the chopped bicycle show on Saturday. You won't want to miss the tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter put on by Steve Stembridge and Lara Jean Anderson, or the Johnny Cash look-a-like contest on Sunday either.
It'll be a full weekend of good ol' backwoods hillbilly fun. Yard Fest 2003 goes down at White's Folk Farm on 445 Louisiana SE. You can park around the corner on Bell Street. It's 100 percent free. 232-2311.