Bedford Bash

The 23rd annual event to offer
musical entertainment, car show

‘Young Country’ returns
to play for the Bedford crowd

By Tess Worrell
Contributing Writer

(August 2012) – When Bobby Robbins was 9 years old, his uncle moved in with the family and changed Robbins’ life. From his uncle, Robbins learned to play guitar and began entertaining his family.

Bobby Robbins

Photo provided

The cover of Bobby Robbins
new CD features a picture of the
Trimble County, Ky., singer.

Once Robbins joined the U.S. Navy, he played and sang for guys in his troop. When home on leave, he joined forces with friend, Ronnie Dunlap, to entertain at local parties. People loved the harmony between Dunlap and Robbins so much, Dunlap said, “When you get home from the Navy, we have to form a band.”
And so Young Country band was born. For the last 20 years, Young Country has played concerts throughout the region and opening for country acts such as Toby Keith and Aaron Tippin.
The 23rd annual Bedford Bash features Young Country at its festival taking place from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 in downtown Bedford, Ky. Local businesses know those who shop in their stores keep the stores open and thriving. Every year the merchants play host to the Bedford Bash to thank everyone for their patronage.
The Bedford Bash features burgers by the Rotary Club and the Fire Department’s famous fish fry. On one side of the courthouse and in the parking lot of the Bedford Loan and Deposit Bank, attendees tour a variety of vendors; on the other side of the court house attendees enjoy their burgers or fish while enjoying the display of antique cars. At 7 p.m., Young Country takes the stage to entertain all.
Young Country has played nearly every Bedford Bash. “I have T-shirts going back to 1993,” notes Robbins. “Meeting people and making friends through playing music, that’s my favorite part of it all.”
He looks forward to seeing the people turn out for the music and hopes they will also purchase the band’s newest CD. “Everyone kept asking when we were going to come out with another one. Here it is.” The CD, titled simply, “Bobby Robbins,” features 11 original songs written by Robbins and will be for sale at the Bash.
The Trimble County Emergency Search Unit Car Show also draws people to the Bash. The unit focuses on search and rescue of missing persons – primarily the elderly who wander from care facilities and children. George Griffith, team member of the Unit, notes they might also occasionally be called to search for persons missing due to a large-scale natural disaster such as last spring’s tornadoes. Known as “ground pounders,” this all-volunteer unit comprises the prime response team for missing persons.
The unit operates in cooperation with but independently of local fire stations. Thus, the unit does not have access to fire department trucks and equipment. Volunteers carry the unit’s equipment spread between their private vehicles. Proceeds from this year’s show will go to purchase an emergency response truck to hold all the equipment so that it is easily accessible and in one location for volunteers responding to an emergency.
Tommy Flynn, prime organizer of the car show and member of the unit, notes the unit needs to raise about $1,500 for the truck. “If we get 100 cars entering the show, we should raise pretty close to the amount we need.”
The car show draws primarily antique, collectibles with “all the pretty stuff,” notes Flynn. “The cars people want to see.”
The car show offers a special touch this year. Brothers Howard and Denny Long, both deceased, were long-time sheriff and deputy sheriff for Trimble County. They also were both huge car enthusiasts, entering their own collectibles in a variety of shows. “Howard liked the fancy cars; Denny went for the fast ones,” says Flynn. Because of their long-term service to the local community as well as their support for the car shows, this year’s show has been named in their honor.
Elaine Long, Howard’s widow, took the show up a notch by donating many of Howard’s trophies from his years’ participation in car shows as the trophies for this year. Each recipient will receive a trophy complete with name plate recognizing that it came from Howard Long’s collection and was given in memory of Howard for this event. The connection to the Long brothers makes this show even more special to those who knew the brothers.
Griffith notes that purchase of trophies constitutes a huge expense, so this gift also greatly assists the unit in its fundraising efforts.

• To enter the car show, simply send a check payable to Trimble County Emergency Search Unit to TCESU, P.O. Box 304, Bedford, KY, 40006. Entries sent by Aug. 10 are $12 per vehicle. Day of show, the entry fee is $15 per vehicle.
Angie Craig, co-organizer of the Bedford Bash, said she hopes “everyone will bring their lawn chairs and come enjoy the fun.” The Bedford Loan and Deposit Bank opens its parking lot to the festivities and looks forward welcoming all to the Bash. For more information, call the bank at (502) 255-3287.

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