Hank Williams Festival Kicks Off Friday


By Catalina Trivino

It's a big weekend of country music in Georgiana, as the 34th annual Hank Williams Festival kicks off tomorrow...

It's still not too late to get those advanced tickets for the whole weekend. They're $30 a person, but if you plan to just spend the day there, Friday's tickets will cost you $15 and Saturday's will cost $25.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday.




Country music fans have had this weekend marked on their calendars for a while now, but the fun doesn't start until Friday. Organizers are putting the finishing touches to make sure this weekend's tribute to music legend, Hank Williams, is perfect.

It's a country music lovers haven -- the 34th annual Hank Williams Festival -- and it's going all weekend long.

As for 'being so lonely anyone could cry'? That was the opposite feeling in Georgiana on Thursday, as event organizers prepared to celebrate the singer of that famous song.

"This is an exciting time for the citizens here in Georgiana -- they prepare for this year in year out, they make their reservations at the hotels, at the RV park... it's like going on spring break, how you prepare from year to year," Said Georgiana Mayor, Jerome Antone.

The two-day festival will be held at Hank Williams Music Park and it'll be jam-packed with food and arts-and-crafts vendors -- and of course, plenty of country music with entertainers like Gene Watson, Jett Williams and 20 others.

"We are so fortunate to have as many local entertainers here as we're having, also just very very fortunate to have all the Nashville stars," Said Entertainment Coordinator, Edna Thomas.

But it's this empty area that will be filled with country music fans. Organizers are recommending you to bring your lawn chairs sooner rather than later, as there is no reserved seating.

Organizers say they made about $2,000 last year, but with 20 percent more advanced tickets sold this year, and the whole RV park booked, they hope to pass that goal this weekend. All the money raised goes to the Hank Williams Museum.