THE GREAT OUTHOUSE BLOWOUT
WILL BE HELD
Saturday, October 5, 2013
The "GREAT OUTHOUSE 300 RACE"
download a "pdf" copy of the 2012 rack card, click here.
Photographer: Kirk Schlea
Team to Beat - four wins!
Whittaker Bank, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
1st Place Prize -- $300
Tarter Farm and Ranch, Dunnville, Kentucky
2nd Place Prize -- $200
Stuart Powell Ford, Danville, Kentucky
3rd Place Prize -- $100
J & J Auto, Danville, Kentucky
Outhouse 300 Race
Rick McQuerry has been The Great
Outhouse Blowout Race director since 2008. But perhaps is best
known as the husband of Jeanne and father of Jessica and Ryan.
Rick is Operations Manager at Rocky Top Log Furniture and Railing to
support his habits of hiking and working with youth. He is an
assistant scoutmaster with Forkland BSA troop 71 and is on the youth
leadership team at Centenary United Methodist Church in Danville, KY.
Rick may be reached at Rocky Top Log Furniture & Railing
1.800.332.1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"GOB Concert Series"
Click here to view participants in the
Ron Orberson - Jerry Daugherty - Greg Underwood - Ronnie Orberson -
( To hear their sound and read more click below )
One of the best knownbands to ever come out of central Kentucky,
CHEYENNE and founder Ronnie Orberson have been
entertaining audiences since 1972. From Louisville to Nashville,
and points in between and beyond, playing with national acts Exile,
David Allen Coe, Bama Band, Johnny Paycheck, CHEYENNE has gained the
respect and love of their audiences all along the way.
Disbanded in 2010, CHEYENNE is coming together for a SPECIAL
CONCERT at the 2012 BLOWOUT !
"DRIVE IT AND SHOW IT"
Photographer: Kirk Schlea
information about DRIVE IT & SHOW IT, click here.
To join in on the fun and
enter your own outhouse, or sign up as a vendor,
see the icons
Other friends will be joining us at the Great Outhouse Blowout.
To see who else is coming for the
day, click here.
2012 Moon and Stars Award Winner
with over 25 years of photography experience, Kirk Schlea shoots
editorial, advertising and corporate work for clients such as PEPSI,
CADILLAC, NIKE, ESPN, LEXINGTON CLINIC and PANINI AMERICA, Inc.
Magazine and newspaper credits include SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, NEWSWEEK,
TIME, SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE, KEENELAND MAGAZINE, USA TODAY, the LOS
ANGELES TIMES, the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, and the LEXINGTON-HERALD,
to name a few of over 200 that have published his photographs.
He has photographed U.S. Presidents,
CEO's, professional athletes, major sporting events, medical operations,
exotic locales, and even underwater hockey. He was chosen as one
of six photographers worldwide to cover the 1992 America's Cup sailing
races for the OFFICIAL BOOK and the STARS & STRIPES AMERICA'S CUP BOOK.
He was official photographer for the 2002 and 2006 NATIONAL CIVIL WAR
RE-ENACTMENT at Perryville, Kentucky, the GREAT AMERICAN BRASS BAND
FESTIVAL at Danville, XFL ProFootball league staff photographer, and
has been team photographer for the SAN DIEGO PADRES Baseball Club.
He's won awards from the
California Exposition at Del Mar, First Interstate Bank, the San Diego
Union-Tribune Newspaper, and Sea Magazine. In 2004, Schlea wond
Best of Show and First Place in the professional division of the
International Equine Ideal Photography Contest and he was given the Heart
of Kentucky United Way "Heart & Soul" Award for their 2008 campaign.
be reached at:
Schlea Photography/Schlea Visual Arts
2012 Crescent Moon Award Winner
Randolph was Emcee for the original 1992 "GREAT OUTHOUSE
BLOWOUT" that saw a 4 hour open air concert headlined by world renown
guitarist CHET ATKINS and other music stars at the dedication
ceremonies for Penn's Privy. Randolph coined the term "We're
making history here today" regarding the historic 1992 event.
Randolph is also recipient of the Kentucky Broadcasters Golden Mic
For the past 6 years he has been semi-retired as a program consultant
for WAKY (Oldies) and WLVK (Country) in the Louisville area. He also
does a daily three hour airshift on WAKY when in town.
WAKY has been awarded dozens of "gold records" including Behind Closed
Doors by Charlie Rich and was named national Radio Station of the Year
three times in the 1970's.
Before all this he was Operations Manager for WAKY and owner of
five small market radio stations in Danville and Eminence Kentucky.
information on Johnny Randolph and WAKY click
2012 Golden Throne Award
Pioneer Playhouse Outdoor Dinner Theatre
The Eben Henson Family
- Charlotte, Robby, Heather
was born and raised in Danville, Kentucky. She is a former editor
of children’s books with HarperCollinsPublishers in New York City,
as well as the author of several books for young readers, including
the novels Dream
of Night, Here’s
How I See It – Here’s How It Is and Making
a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her picture books
Grandpa and That
a Junior Library Guild selection, winner of the Christopher Medal,
the Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Kentucky
Bluegrass Award. After many years of city living, Ms. Henson
recently returned to her home state where she resides with her
husband and three children on a family farm near Danville.
Founded in 1950 by Col. Eben C. Henson,
Playhouse is the oldest outdoor theatre in Kentucky and has been called
the “Granddaddy” of Kentucky Outdoor Dramas. The Playhouse was also
instrumental in pioneering the outdoor theatre movement in the state.
In the fifties
and sixties it received national attention as the “King of Summer
Stocks” in New York trade magazines and in 1962 was the first theatre
in the nation to be accorded the legal status of State Theatre (by act
built the theatre by acquiring many of the construction materials in
unorthodox ways. He once bartered a fifth of whiskey for hand-hewn two
hundred-year-old rafter beams and hired prisoners from the local county
jail to help him lay the first foundations.
closely at the structural design will find it includes everything, from
World War Two army barracks to movie sets from the Golden Era of
For most of the
fifty years that Col. Henson and his wife Charlotte have dedicated to
running the theatre, it has also been a School of Drama and was the
first Governor’s School of the Arts in the state. After the tragic
passing of Artistic Director Holly Henson this summer, Charlotte, her
son Robby and daughter Heather courageously moved forward to achieve a
record-breaking box office season of great plays. The family is strong
and the theater is strong and the show must go on.
More than 3,000
aspiring actors have strode across the stage since Henson turned an
empty field into a theatre complex. Today the unconventional,
hand-built theatre serves a pre-show dinner out of doors and a live
performance Tuesday through Saturday, every summer, come rain or shine.
(Indoors in case of rain.)
stroll through a quaint replica of early Danville on a self-guided tour
and enjoy a fine Off-Broadway or Broadway hit play in a rustic setting
… beneath a spangle of stars!
about Pioneer Playhouse aired on Kentucky Educational Television and
appeared nationwide on PBS stations in 2003, bringing floods of emails
from theater buffs and former actors.
Admission for the Great Outhouse Blowout, including all other events,
is adults -- $5; children under 13 -- $1; toddlers/babies -- free.
RV Parking/Camping is available. Contact
Bring chair or blanket
Open to public at 10am.
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For those of you
concerned about the store and what is going on with the cleanup and
with the well being of the pets there, click here for more information.
For More Information:
257 Penn's Store Road
Gravel Switch, Kentucky 40328
GPS Coordinates: N37.549912; W085.028191
What is the Great Outhouse
This event started out as a
dedication of Penn's Store's new outhouse in 1992. Why would anyone
celebrate getting an outhouse? Because the store had never had one. The
store had no running water or restroom facilities of any kind, just
plenty of trees. The store still does not have running water, but it
does have an outhouse. Some of us thought that was worth celebrating,
especially the ladies that stay in the store all day.
The dedication was held in 1992. Several of our musical
friends lent their talents to the days festivities. The
shows were headlined by Chet Atkins and Billy Edd Wheeler.
Billy Edd wrote the song "Little Brown Shack Out
A few years later we added outhouse racing. If you have
never seen outhouses race, you are in for a treat. In fact,
some of our competitors travel from far away places, even Canada.
But our races are a little different than most. Our races
are one-on-one drag races along a 100 yard road. The winners
keep advancing until a final winner is crowned.
The outhouses are not
real outhouses. Although one
year we did have a real outhouse compete. After the race, it
was put to use by the Amish in the area. The racing
outhouses are sleek, lightweight, and fast. Each year we see
new designs. Everyone trying to get the best edge to win.
Some of the racers have corporate sponsors that pay their
entry fee, travel expenses, etc. But most teams are just
groups that pool their money to build and race on their
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