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PENN'S STORE GREAT OUTHOUSE BLOWOUT
Saturday, September 14, 2013

featuring

The "GREAT OUTHOUSE 300 RACE"


Steve and Stephanie Weber - Race Directors

To download a rack card of the events, click here.

To see a list of past Outhouse 300 Winners, click here.

                                                                                                                           Photographer: Kirk Schlea

 " GREAT OUTHOUSE BLOWOUT "

KENTUCKY'S PREMIER OUTHOUSE EVENT

featuring the "OUTHOUSE 300"  RACE

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   FREE ROLL of TOILET PAPER to first 200 Cars! 

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Certified "HILLBILLY PROUD"

 Saturday      SEPTEMBER 14, 2013      10 AM - 6 PM

 ADMISSION:  $5 Adults ~ Children (under 13) $1 ~ Toddlers & Babies "Free"

  * Keep Ticket for Door Prizes 

*Bring Chair / Blanket

 CONTESTS

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* OUTHOUSE BACHELOR Contest (for women)

* UGLY LEGS Contest (for men)

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 For Contest Rules & Prizes contact Penn's Store 

 or check at Tent next to Stage day of event 

 SCHEDULE

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10 AM ........................... OPEN to PUBLIC

             ...........Registration for Car Show

             ,,,,,,,,,...............Music in the Round

Anyone interested in performing, bring instrument and join in.

11:30 AM ... Outhouse Bachelor Contest

11:45 AM .......................................... Parade

HIGH NOON .................................... Races Begin

GOB CONCERT SERIES 

To see the biographies of the entertainers for the day, click here.

12:30 PM  .... * BACK STREET BAND  ( Motown / Blues )

  2:00 PM ....... * CHEYENNE                      ( Classic Rock ) 

 * Special Guests *

 *  PAT KIRTLEY  ~  World Champion Guitarist

* DAWN OSBORN  ~  Blues

 1 PM ......................... UGLY LEGS Contest

5 PM ........................CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 

presentation of

Race Trophies & Awards  ~  Car Show Trophies 

Trophy Sponsors -- Kentucky Trust Company, Danville, Kentucky

  All times are approximate and subject to change 

Autumn Produce / Arts & Crafts / Portraits / Face Painting / Woodworking

Collector's Knives / Puppets / Authors / Health & Cosmetics / Jewelry

Organic Soy Candles / Homemade Bath & Body Products / Outhouse Memorabilia

 FOODS by

* OTTER CREEK CHOW WAGON

* HILLBILLY ICE CREAM & Sundries

* HUNT BROTHERS PIZZA

* SWEETS by GINA

2013 AWARD WINNERS

To see a complete list of former Award winners, click here.

 CRESCENT MOON AWARD ( CMA )

Honors one for the contributions and efforts in promoting and preserving the outhouse with dignity.

2013 CMA

CRESCENT MOON AWARD

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CHET ATKINS, CGP

June 20, 1924  ~  June 30, 2001

 The Crescent Moon Award is presented annually to one for their contributions and efforts in promoting and preserving the outhouse with "dignity".  On October 17, 1992 CHET ATKINS headlined the dedication ceremonies for PENN'S PRIVY at Historic Penn's Store, after having just performed the week before for Princess Margaret of England.   Chet's blessing to Penn's Store and Penn's Privy was covered by all major TV networks as well as CNN and was viewed around the world.  Changing forever all our lives, as well as the lives of others.  Without Chet,  there would have never been another GREAT OUTHOUSE BLOWOUT nor an OUTHOUSE 300 RACE. 

Chet Atkins official website:  www.misterguitar.com


Billy Edd Wheeler and Chet Atkins at the 1992 dedication of the Penn's Store Outhouse.

Accepting the award on behalf of Chet Atkins will be Pat Kirtley. 

Pat Kirtley

Pat Kirtley is a guitarist, composer, producer, writer, engineer, and touring instructor and clinician. He has performed for audiences at concerts and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Pat's talents won him the title of U.S. National Fingerstyle Champion, and in 2006, he was inducted in the National Thumbpicking Hall of Fame. His music appears on Narada Records' landmark CD Guitar Fingerstyle and has produced six acclaimed albums which have become favorites of the guitar world. His music is heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, on Pandora, and on GotRadio.com's Guitar Genius channel. His recent project is the double-DVD instructional release, "Pickin' Like Chet" Volume 1&2 from Guitar Workshop, featuring classic Chet Atkins arrangements. 

   MOON & STARS Award

BOB HILL

Presented annually by Historic Penn's Store to one in the entertainment or media field whose works have brought the "outhouse" to the public's attention,  the 2013 "MOON & STARS" Award goes to BOB HILL for his coverage of the historic dedication of PENN'S PRIVY by international reknown guitarist CHET ATKINS on October 17, 1992. 

Bob Hill has been an award-winning columnist and feature writer with the Louisville Courier - Journal and the late great Louisville Times for 33 years.  He has written 4,000 columns, authored 10 books, one of which, "Double Jeopardy," was the subject of a CBS "48 Hours" story - but according to Hill - his finest day ever was sitting alongside the wood burning stove in PENN'S STORE listening to CHET ATKINS.

In addition to his writing Bob was a power-forward on the company basketball team and played the spoons at many great newspaper parties. Bob attended Rice University on a basketball scholarship. His academic honors include being the tallest kid in his class 12 years in a row.

Hill lives in Utica, Indiana on eight carefully landscaped acres along with his wife, Janet, and several of their neighbor's dogs. He has recently opened "Hidden Hill," a sculpture garden and exotic plant nursery on his property. www.hiddenhillnursery.com    https://www.facebook.com/HiddenHillNursery

 GOLDEN THRONE Award

Honors one who has exemplified independence, conviction and courage

2013 Winner
Tracie Cigliano

Tracie Cigliano is no stranger to Penn's Store nor the "Great Outhouse Blowout", helping at many of the past BLOWOUT events over the years.   Tracie was introduced to Penn's Store many years before the construction of the now famous Penn's Privy.  Thus, when overnight visitors coming to visit at her backwoods retreat in northern Tennessee, demanded some "necessary facilities", she knew what had to be done.  Build an outhouse!  And, she did!  Along with help from friends, building materials on hand,  the "necessary little house of convenience" or GOLDEN THRONE was completed in a couple of months ... to everyone's joy.   And earning her the 2013 GOLDEN THRONE AWARD.


Photographer: Kirk Schlea

CAR ~ TRUCK ~ MOTORCYLE SHOW

 All registered in Car Show will be eligible for $50 Gift Card drawing!

 * Registration Fee - $8 per vehicle

* All Vehicles - participants / spectators will be charged admission

* Registration Opens at 10 AM - Closes at 2 PM

*Trophy Winners voted by fellow participants

* UGLY TRUCK & PEOPLE'S CHOICE winner voted by public

* Winners must be present to receive trophy

For information about DRIVE IT & SHOW IT, click here.

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Penn's Store Face Book Page Here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/157239977806242/?ref=14

Links to our sponsors pages about the 2013 Great Outhouse Blowouts:

http://www.visitlebanonky.com/events/great-outhouse-blowout-historic-penns-store/

Facebook page with Blowout pictures and links…https://www.facebook.com/VisitLebanon?ref=hl

Penn's Store

is a TURTLEMAN TREK OFFICIAL STOP


To learn more about TURTLEMAN TREK go to

http://www.visitlebanonky.com/itinaries-tours/turtleman-trek/

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To join in on the fun and enter your own outhouse, or sign up as a vendor,
see the icons below.

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Meet and Greet

Other friends will be joining us at the Great Outhouse Blowout. 
To see who else is coming for the day, click here.

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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 Penn's Store.


Bring chair or blanket
Open to public at 10am.
Check back for updates and more details.

For Updates Check FACEBOOK  @ Link Below

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Gravel-Switch-KY/Penns-Store/374200574897?ref=ts

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:

Penn's Store
257 Penn's Store Road
Gravel Switch, Kentucky 40328
Phone: 859-332-7706
E-mail: pennsstore@aol.com

GPS Coordinates: N37.549912; W085.028191

What is the Great Outhouse Blowout?

 

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 Back".
 
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 own.


 

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For more information,  click on the outhouses below.






 

Check out our 1998 Blowout!


 

Want to find out about entering your own outhouse?


 

We also have booth space for vendors. Interested?


This page last updated 09/10/2013