Scarecrow Festival 5K open for registration


It’s that time of year when the kids go back to school, football is just around the corner and Washington Court House celebrates its very own Scarecrow Festival.

This year’s event will be held Sept. 14-16, and once again The United Way of Fayette County will host a 5k Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 15.

“This is our third-annual event and we hope to see many of you walking/running and enjoying the morning with us,” Debbie Bryant, United Way of Fayette County president, said. “The event will take place in downtown Washington Court House at 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.). The run/walk will begin at the intersection of Court and Main.”

According to Bryant, all participants will receive a finisher’s medal, t-shirt and swag bag, with awards to be given out for first, second and third place finishers, both male and female. Registration is now open and the event is $25 pre-registration or $30 on the day of registration. Bryant encourages the community to plan now to start with a 5k and enjoy the rest of the day at the Scarecrow Festival.

There are several ways for residents to register. Participants can visit ($1 online fee), download an application from the United Way website at or participants may pick up an application at The United Way office, located at 133 S. Main St. (lower level).

“One of our initiatives is the health of our residents here in Fayette County. A 5k walk/run seems like the perfect fit to raise funds and promote wellness at the same time,” Bryant said. “Some people will run, most will walk and enjoy the bike path along with their friends and family. Get a group together and walk as a church group, youth organization or just your friends and family. This is just one of the ways The United Way of Fayette County raises funds in order to fund the programs and services here in Fayette County that benefit the residents of our county. All the funds stay right here. We will help fund 28 programs in 2019, and we need your help. Come out and join us for a great morning walk/run for a great cause.”

Additionally — as previously reported — Jonalee White and The Late Nite Drivers, featuring Shane Runion, will take to the stage Saturday as the opening acts at the 2018 Scarecrow Festival in downtown Washington Court House.

With over 150,000 spins at country radio, White has had five Top 40 singles from her eOne Entertainment distributed sophomore album, “Sugar,” via Lick Records. Along with the CMT debut of her music video, “Naked As Fools,” she has acquired a significant fan base, performing with such artists as Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels and Taylor Swift all over the US, according to her bio.

White’s band, The Late Nite Drivers, include Columbus-based musicians Michael Nugen (electric guitar), Molly Pauken (bass), Kay Harris (mandolin), Pete Cary (acoustic/electric guitar), Nate Hollman (keyboards), and Barry Damron (drums).

According to her bio, White has been a finalist on both NBC’s Star Tomorrow and CMT Music City Madness.

Shane Runion is a Nashville recording artist “winning over listeners by storm with catchy originals and a knack for entertaining,” according to his website. “His unique raspy voice, guitar playing, and rock-and-roll image make him instantly recognizable, with high-energy live shows that leave audiences wanting more.”

These acts are opening for the headliner, country music star John Michael Montgomery.

Since the days when “Life’s A Dance” turned Montgomery from an unknown artist into a national star, the Kentucky-born artists’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets — believability. Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That” still resonate across the landscape, according to his bio.

Now, with the release of Time Flies, which he co-produced with Byron Gallimore, Montgomery takes another big step forward, strengthening his position as one of the most versatile and compelling vocalists on the country scene.

Montgomery, who has sold over 16 million albums and has had 15 number one singles, is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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