Celebrating NASCAR Weekend

Carrollton's RaceFest returns
for fourth year

David & Whitney Campbell to perform

CARROLLTON, Ky. (July 2015) – Moving from southern Indiana to Nashville, Tenn., made all the difference for country music duo, David & Whitney Campbell. This up-and-coming energetic act from Chelsea, Ind., will return to the area for a special performance at Carrollton’s RaceFest on July 8.
The Campbells grew up 23 miles from each other in southern Indiana but didn’t meet until 23 years later while in Florida. They were individual artists in their own right before they met and eventually married.

Photo by Helen E. McKinney

David & Whitney Campbell won last year’s Country Showdown Regional Finals. The couple, from Chelsea, Ind., are scheduled to perform at RaceFest.

The couple has shared the stage with the likes of top country artists such as Randy Houser, Florida Georgia Line, Sara Evans, David Nail, Jana Kramer, Parmalee and Frankie Ballard. They recently opened for the Eli Young Band at Iroquois Amphitheatre in Louisville, Ky.
They are working just as hard on their career as any established country band. Their hectic schedule has included playing 32 states in 40 days, starting in the northeastern United States and making their way across the country.
The move to Nashville had a big impact on their career, they said. It placed them in the heart of country music, surrounded by the best songwriters, producers and artists in the world.
Of the positive impact this experience has had on them they said, “You can just walk down the street, and everyone you meet is either an amazing musician or knows an amazing musician. It’s a very humbling experience.”
And they are a very humbling couple. The Campbells devote a lot of their time to performing at benefit concerts, and for such entities as horse shelters, dog shelters and ToyRelief.com. Their concerts are entertaining no matter what your age.
“We really enjoy taking a song from the radio and making it our own, reproducing it on the acoustic guitar even though the song may not have acoustic guitar,” Whitney said.
The couple will release their latest effort, “Alibi,” at an album release party on July 11 at Brooklyn Pizza in Seymour, Ind.
But their prior engagement will take them to Carrollton to help gear up NASCAR fans for the nearby Kentucky Speedway race weekend, July 9-11 in Sparta, Ky.
“There’s something for the whole family,” at RaceFest, said John Royse, chairperson of the RaceFest committee.
“This will be the fourth annual RaceFest, even though it’s the third time it has taken place,” said Royse. The event had to be cancelled in 2013 due to torrential rain.
RaceFest will he held from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Carrollton. Along with a performance by the Campbells, festivities include a classic car cruise-in, NASCAR simulator, karaoke in front of TKay’s Pub, a motorcycle show, race cars, vendors, food, face painting, inflatables for children, a clown and the official PACE car will be on display.
A cornhole tournament will also be held, with registration at 6 p.m. The tournament will start at 7 p.m.
Merchants will be holding special giveaways and “tickets to the big race on July 11 will be given away,” Royse said. “The pie eating contest is always a favorite activity.”
In the past, RaceFest has been very successful, said Royse. A lot of locals attend, but Royse said he would like to see “folks who are camping at the Speedway come down for the evening.”
“This is one of our bigger events,” said MaKayla Bates of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. “Being a small town, we like to have something locally that people can experience, especially those who do not go to the races.”
There have been a few changes for the 2015 Race Fest. Bates said the cornhole tournament will replace the soap box derby. There will also be no shuttle buses running from downtown Carrollton to the Kentucky Speedway campground. For more information, call (502) 732-7034.
dition is a pit-stop challenge, sponsored by Raceway Ministries, she said. Special events will be held on Saturday at the Kroger parking lot and on Thursday at the Wal-Mart parking lot. Activities were still being planned at press time.
“We encourage businesses to decorate for RaceFest and to offer specials,” Bates said.

• For more information, contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at (502) 732-7034 or email: chamber@carrollcountyky.com.

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