Bedford Bash

Bedford Bash returns for its
30th year with music, fun

Car show, concert by Young Country
are event’s highlights

Bedford Bash

• 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in Bedford, Ky.
• Featuring door prizes, food, live music, street dance, children’s activities, car show.
• Information: (502) 255-3287 or (502) 445-4649.

BEDFORD, Ky. – Families looking for a fun summer event should look no further than Bedford, Ky.’s 30th annual Bedford Bash. This year’s event will hold the 13th annual car show on the Trimble County Courthouse square and will offer participants the chance to compete for one of five Best of Show trophies.
Four of the trophies hold a special significance, since they are dedicated in memory of individuals who have impacted the Bedford community: Denny Long Memorial, Howard Long Memorial, Tim Coons Memorial and Mark Rexroat Memorial.
“Denny and Howard Long were both sheriffs and both showed old cars, so it’s special to have this as a memorial for them,” said April Craig, organizer of Bedford Bash for 19 years. The other two trophies are in memory of Koons, longtime Trimble County sheriff, and Rexroat, a volunteer firefighter and EMT who was prominent in the community.
The car show also features the Bedford Bash Award and 10 Best of Show license plate prizes. Those wishing to enter the car show may do so no later than 7 p.m. on the day of the show, which runs from 5-8 p.m. There is a $15 entry fee, and all cars are welcome. The car show is organized by the Trimble County Emergency Search Unit. “They work the car show and put it on, and we’re here to help and assist them,” said Craig.
Bedford Bash and the annual car show will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in the Bedford Loan and Deposit Bank’s parking lot.

Photo provided

Pam Welch has owned this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible for 20 years. She plans to enter it in the Bedford Bash car show.

“Our Hometown: Trimble Pride” is the theme of this year’s Bedford Bash. “Our T-shirts have marked out Milton and Bedford and are designed in blue and gold to highlight Trimble County’s colors,” said Craig.
The shirts were designed by Kentucky-based designer, Nancy Ison of Sew Embellished. T-shirts are being sold for $16 and may be purchased at the bank in Bedford. “We also have yard signs that people can put out to advertise their Trimble pride,” said Craig.
Bedford Bash itself sponsored by the bank, and all prizes are sponsored by local businesses. “We have door prizes for kids and adults,” said Craig. The town also holds a window decorating contest amongst the local businesses with a traveling trophy that transfers to each year’s winner.
Craig said that one of the many purposes of Bedford Bash is to highlight local nonprofit organizations. “Bedford Rotary Club and the Fire Department will both be selling food. It really makes a big impact for their organizations,” Craig said. “It’s a neat thing and a big fundraiser for them.”
She added that the Fire Department will also have bounce houses for kids to play in and that a group of local Boy Scouts will be selling glow sticks as a fundraiser for their troop.
In prior years, Bedford Bash has featured performances from Trimble County cheerleaders of all ages, Trimble County’s high school band and Henry County Kickers, a line dance group. Attendees can also anticipate another year of country music from a favorite local band, Bobby Robbins and Young Country.
Robbins has been making music since the late ’80s, when he and a few friends starting playing in a family member’s garage. “It turned out to be a club. People would be lined down the road on both sides,” said Robbins. Robbins continues to make music with various friends from the area. “I’ve played with these people for so many years that it all just goes together really well,” he said. Robbins describes Bobby Robbins and Young Country as a “good blend of country and rock and roll.” He also added, “We’re about as country as you can get.”
Robbins said that the audience can expect to hear a lot of covers with some originals added to the mix. “We try to stay current,” he said.
Their concert at Bedford Bash will begin at 7 p.m.

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