Bedford Bash

Six Miles South band
to headline Bedford Bash

This year’s event to feature
car show, high school band

BEDFORD, Ky. (August 2013) – With a theme like “Have a Blastin’ Good Time,” it was important for coordinators of this year’s Bedford Bash to find a band that could keep a crowd fired up all evening. “We just close the street and have a big dance,” says April Craig, who together with John Dunlap organizes the popular community event. Both work for Bedford Loan & Deposit Bank, the event sponsor.
The two chose Six Miles South to perform at this year’s Bedford Bash, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. The Trimble County High School Band will perform at 7 p.m. to kick of the evening’s entertainment.

Six Miles South

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Six Miles South band will perform at this year’s Bedford Bash on Aug. 16. Band members include (from left) Glenn Overstreet, Ronnie Craigmyle Jr., Jamie Tingle, Chad Heightchew and Christopher Roberts.

The members of Six Miles South are looking forward to keeping the party going. “We love to keep the energy up and have as much crowd interaction as possible,” says lead vocalist Jamie Tingle. The singer says that the band works hard at “putting together a show, not just standing there and singing.” “People pay their hard earned money to come to a show and I think they deserve to have a good time.”
He continued, “Our style is rock, with a little twang. We love that type of music because it creates a high energy show and keeps the crowd moving. An audience can expect a pretty good mix of songs from Poison to George Jones all night.
“We have a style that matches what is playing now, the southern rock, ‘new country’ sound. We just like to have a good time and I think that comes through our music.”
The Henry County, Ky.-based band is made up of Chad Heightchew (drums), Glenn Overstreet (bass), Christopher Roberts (lead guitar), Ronnie Craigmyle Jr. (rhythm guitar) and Tingle (lead vocals). The group began playing together in fall 2009. The name is drawn from Six Mile Creek, which Tingle describes as “a popular place in the county where we all hang out from time to time and have since we were kids.
“We just want to keep providing quality entertainment and help our community out whenever we get a chance. Music is about giving back to those who support you,” says Tingle.
That focus on giving back makes the band a perfect fit for the 24th annual Bedford Bash. The long-running community event provides an opportunity for local non-profit groups to do some fundraising and for area residents to enjoy some great entertainment.
In addition to Six Miles South and the high school band, entertainment will include the Trimble County cheerleaders from elementary through high school who will add to the festive atmosphere.
Coinciding with the Bedford Bash will be the Howard and Denny Long and Mark Rexroat Memorial Car Show,  which runs from 5-8 p.m. Throughout the evening, visitors are invited to enjoy the local Fire Department fish fry or hamburgers from the Bedford Rotary Club. And there will be many door prizes.
“It’s a good family event – just a fun time,” says Craig. “We’re excited about having Six Miles South. They’ve never been here before.”
The band made quite an impression during their performance at the Trimble County Fair, and their strong showing inspired Bedford Bash organizers to invite them to take part in the event. Craig describes them as “A very good and entertaining band; they play some good music.”
For Craig, a compliance officer at the bank, the event serves as culmination of work that begins at the start of each year. “It’s nice to see the joy on people’s faces,” she says. Having been involved in the Bash for the past 13 years, she says that “it is important to me personally because I feel it is important for the non-profits to have a fundraiser.”
The Bedford Bash Car Show will help raise money for the Trimble County Emergency Search Unit. Emergency Management Director Ronnie McCane said that since the search unit is not funded by the county, the members depend on donations. The unit began in 2004 and responds to calls of missing people from toddlers to the elderly.
McCane estimates that there are about 23 members active in the search unit and fondly refers to them as “state certified ground pounders.” He says that each member has competed a 20-hour training and certification course to help them learn “how people react, how far they can travel.” While a typical call might involve a young child who has wandered off, the unit has also studied tactics to help them in locating dementia patients who have become disoriented. Some of the funds from this year’s car show will go toward upkeep on a recently purchased van.
Craig says that the car show offers viewers “a good variety” of vehicles to admire and enjoy. Judges will present a top 25 and four Best in Show awards – one for each of the memorial honorees and one Bedford Bash award. Yet the audience will also have a say, with 21 People’s Choice car tags being awarded.
McCane says that the group is eager to welcome more and more owners and has a goal of 100 vehicles this year. He encourages anyone with an interesting car to come out and set up saying it would be a good show “for anyone who wanted to get started on displaying a vehicle.” The show typically draws everything from Model Ts to fancy muscle cars to modern vehicles as well.
“When I walk through there, it takes me back years and years. These were cars everyone dreamed of owning.”

• The Bedford Bash still has some booth space available for non-profit groups. For more information, contact April Craig at (502) 255-3287. Preregistration for the car show is $12 by Aug. 10. Or register at the show for $15. To register, call Tommy Flynn at (502) 663-1064 or George Griffith at (502) 663-1033.

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