|By Gaylen Duskey |
This is Wood Festival Week in Calhoun County … the high holy days (or at
least the high tea) of the social season.
And we are prepared to be impressed.
If we’re not impressed by the miles of culinary delights – from the
world-famous Calhoun Band Booster hot dogs to the nachos and cheese to the
things we’re not quite sure what they are and are afraid to ask – or the
local musicians or the dazzling array of midway rides guaranteed to create
nausea in anyone over 30, then we have got to be impressed by the
This year the “brought-in” talent includes monster trucks, Toby Wagoner and
the Kentucky Headhunters.
While I personally think Toby Wagoner is the biggest star coming to the
festival there are those that would argue the Kentucky Headhunters are
bigger. And they may be right … there are more of them.
They have recorded several songs with the most notable probably being Dumas
Walker, which made at least one person in Seattle ask me once, “what is
The folks from the Great Northwest were at least interested in some southern
The Kentucky Headhunters may be the highest profile entertainment group to
visit Calhoun County if you rule out the WOAY-TV “rasslers” who were here in
the ‘60s. I mean it is hard to find any higher profile stars than Ace
Freeman, Billy Fox and Jan Madrid … but, ah, I digress.
The act I remember most probably was the Chuck Wagon Gang.
I was something like four or five years old and my parents took me to the
Mount Zion Methodist Church where they were appearing. I really don’t
remember any of the music but I do remember they pulled up in this huge
Cadillac. Now that was impressive to a pre-school kid like me.
I also remember the Harlem Magicians making a stop here to play the Calhoun
Jaycees. I remember this especially since I was a member of that Jaycee team
and we fancied ourselves pretty good since we had earlier beaten a team from
WBOY-TV that featured some former WVU star (Bob Camp I think). The
Magicians showed us the difference between basketball players and men in
Someone told me Bailey and the Boys (Yes, I have heard of them) performed
here but I wasn’t around then and can’t say for sure.
Which brings us back to the Kentucky Headhunters.
They will perform Saturday night under the stars at the Calhoun County Park.
That reminds me of another outdoor concert I had the pleasure to watch.
When I was living in Alexandria, La., the big excitement was an outdoor
concert that drew about 10,000. But the headliner for that concert was the
Beach Boys. We all showed up early and had a blast. That’s my advice to all
you Kentucky Headhunter fans – show up early and have a blast.