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Plenty of entertainment for MW Spring Festival guests

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Every year, the folks behind the live entertainment featured during the Mount Washington Spring Festival strive to outdo the previous year.

And while it’s too early to say whether that will be the case this weekend, festival organizers are confident this year’s offerings will not disappoint. 

The Spring Festival entertainment will kick off on Friday night when local singers are invited to participate in the “Mount Washington Idol” karaoke contest, sponsored by Valu Market. 

Participants in three age groups will compete in front of an audience and three judges at the Country Palace for some great prizes, trophies and the title of “Mount Washington Idol.”

Anyone interested in competing can sign up for free at the Mount Washington Valu Market prior to the contest on Friday, May 13. 

The show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

For more information, contact Dan Kelty (502) 643-6455 or Alex Wimsatt (502) 905-1406.

Proceeds will go to the Lion and Lioness Clubs for local initiatives, including the Spring Festival Scholarship program. 

Outdoor Entertainment

On Saturday, a day of live outdoor entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Mount Washington parking lot where the Kentucky Home Cloggers of Bardstown will get things started. 

Festival goers can expect an array of clogging styles and music as the 20-40 dancers pound the pavement in this unique dance show. 

As Kentucky Home Cloggers instructor Angela Ford explained, clogging is a percussion style dance, so onlookers will not only see the dancing, they will hear it. 

“It’s really about making the music with your feet,” she said.

Some of the dancers have been clogging with the group for more than 20 years and all are very excited to be a part of the Spring Festival. 

“We put on a great show,” Ford said. “There’s literally something for everyone.”

Following the Kentucky Home Cloggers, Bullitt County native and resident Tyler Warden, 18, will sing and play a mix of pop and rock from the past three decades beginning at 12:30 p.m. 

An accomplished musician, Warden plays acoustic guitar, piano, ukulele, drums, mandolin and key board. And while he will primarily be performing guitar, he may bring out some of his other instruments as well.  

Warden said he just wants to make his audience happy.

“I wanna put some smiles on some faces in Mount Washington,” he said. “I’m very honored to be part of the festival. I love being part of things local and celebrating where I come from.”

At 1:30 p.m. the all girl rock band “Dangerous Liaison” will take center stage to play roughly popular rock and pop songs from the 1980s and 1990s. 

The sought after group has performed numerous shows at venues throughout Louisville and southern Indiana.

“Dangerous Liaison” was formed two years ago with base guitarist April Simmons, drummer Angela Lese, lead guitarist Karen Miller and lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Meghan Julius. 

All will be performing the festival with the exception of Lese, who will be replaced by Bullitt County resident Benji Simmons on drums. 

“We’re really looking forward to playing in Mount Washington,” Miller said. 

To hear their music, check out their videos on Youtube, Facebook or reverbnation.com/dangerousliaison.

Taking the stage after “Dangerous Liaison” will be the students of Bullitt East High School’s Guitar Club with club sponsor Marc Hardin and Brian Brashear. 

Hardin, who has played guitar for more than 30 years, said the students have practiced hard and all were looking forward to performing in the festival. 

 Sophomore Josh Logsdon will play and sing a couple of songs he himself wrote, as well as Jack Johnson’s “Upside Down.” 

Logsdon plays piano at his church on Sundays, but he has never performed in front of an audience otherwise. Logsdon admitted he was a little nervous, but he has practiced every day for weeks and he’s excited to perform at the festival.

“I hope everyone enjoys it,” he said.

Besides Logsdon, students Noah Shartzer, Hunter Caudill, Zach Gibson, Storm Griffin and Wesley Clark will also be performing. 

The guitar club, Brashear and Hardin will perform from 2:30 until 4 p.m. 

Wrapping up the Spring Festival’s outdoor entertainment will be Bullitt County native and BEHS teacher Clay Harned, 28. 

Harned is expected to play a little bit of everything on his acoustic guitar, including Top 40 hits from the past three decades. 

Harned has played guitar since 2001 when he was a freshman at Western Kentucky University. Over the past few years he’s played countless venues in Bowling Green and greater Louisville and can be found playing locally nearly every week. 

He said few of his performances were ever the same and festival goers could expect anything as he tailors his show to the audience. 

Harned will be on stage from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At 5 p.m. there will be open microphone karaoke provided by McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home.

The Mount Washington Opry Show

The final act in this weekend’s live entertainment will come Saturday at 7 p.m. when masters of ceremonies Marke Richardson and Rodney Hockenbury will lead an evening of song and improvised comedy on their mock radio show The Mount Washington Opry.

“Broadcasting” from the Country Palace on the non-existent frequency WDWG 89.6 FM “The Big Dawg,” those performing will act as though they are on an actual radio show complete with disc jockeys, news, comedy, music and sponsors. 

“We’re going to have a lot of fun,” Hockenbury said. 

Admission is $5 at the door, where volunteers will be collecting canned and other non-perishable goods for Mount Washington Community Ministries. Proceeds from the show will benefit community ministries.