The fourth annual Rising Sun Redbud Music Festival on Sept. 7 drew the largest crowd to date as locals and visitors in Downtown Winchester were wowed with concert performances by three talented and dynamic bands.
Sponsored by the Winchester Downtown Program Corp. and Support Local Independent Music, the free event was open to all ages and was held at the Downtown Winchester Kiwanis Club Amphitheater on North College Street, just off the Square.
Fourteen vendors supplied festivalgoers with everything from cold beverages and snacks to hand-drawn artwork and information on how to purchase the festival’s namesake — the rising sun, a unique variety of the Eastern redbud tree introduced by Ray and Cindy Jackson of the Belvidere-based Jackson Nursery.
Sugar Lime Blue began the night of music at 4:30 p.m.
Next up was Australian-born, Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and slide guitarist Eightball Aitken.
Finally, American Floyd — a world-renowned Pink Floyd Tribute band — took the stage and had the audience cheering as a laser show lit up the night as the Clarksville, Tennessee-based band performed classic Pink Floyd songs.
Children played while festival attendees enjoyed the night’s friendly and easy-going atmosphere.
In addition to the efforts of the Winchester Downtown Program Corp. and SLIM, other event sponsors made the festival possible.
They included Jackson’s Nursery, Cherokee Distributing, Freedom Tree Farms, Twin Creeks Marina, Citizens Tri-County Bank, REW Material, Reliable Rental, County Metal and Vinyl, Citizens Community Bank, Herd Farms, Circle J Tree Farms, Beans Creek Nursery, After Hours Nursery, Elsa Nursery, Dotson’s Produce, Fandrich Supply Company, Franklin County Lumber and Hanger’s Hardwood Flooring.
The annual music festival is organized by Abby Pickett of the Winchester Downtown Program Corp. and Ky Brazelton of SLIM.
Other event volunteers include John Pickett, Samantha Brazelton, David Watson, Clark McClain, Ashley Argo and Ricky Tipps of WCDT Radio.
Abby Pickett serves as the executive director for the Winchester Downtown Program Corporation.
“This Rising Sun Redbud Music Fest is organized to celebrate the end of summer, community spirit, and the beautiful rising sun redbud tree with spectacular live music and more,” she said. “The fourth annual fest was a great success thanks to our amazing community — from the volunteers who help plan the event, to the vendors, to the sponsors, to the attendees, and the list goes on.
“I also wanted to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the volunteers with SLIM and to Jackson’s Nursery, who helped make this event possible. This event helps to support the WDPC’s mission to create and support a sustainable and vibrant historic downtown district.”
Ky Brazelton leads the volunteers who work with SLIM.
“We are glad that the community had a great time, and we are proud of the hard work of everyone who made the event the success that it was,” he said. “We want to give a big ‘thank you’ to Jackson’s Nursery for being our stage sponsor, and many thanks to all the sponsors.
“Sugar Lime Blue, Eightball Aitken, and American Floyd put on an amazing show, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of everyone at KK’s providing sound for us. We had a great group of vendors and would like to thank them for being a part of the festival this year.”