Annual Great Outhouse Blowout set for Saturday

September 26, 2004

GRAVEL SWITCH - On Saturday, Historic Penn's Store will be hosting the 13th Annual Great Outhouse Blowout, featuring its internationally recognized "Outhouse 300" race.

So named for the 1992 historic dedication of Penn's Privy, the first restroom facility at the 1845 country store by famed guitarist Chet Atkins and singer/songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler, the GOB yearly bestows various awards, with the most prestigious being the CMA, the Crescent Moon Award. It is presented to an individual for his or her contributions and efforts in promoting and preserving the outhouse with dignity.

A new addition this year is the "Celebrity Outhouse Bachelor," or the "Great COB." A combo of "Fear Factor," "Survivor" and the "Bachelor," it is a contest in which ladies will compete for an afternoon date with the celebrity bachelor, whose identity will be unknown until the winner opens the outhouse door.

The day's events begin at 10 a.m. and include the Parade of Privies, billed as possibly the world's shortest parade; introducing the privy race teams and outhouse racing machines; and announcing the award winners, notables and an assortment of farm animals.


The Country Cruise-In, a car, truck and motorcycle show, will be held. Registration is free; cars myst be registered to be eligible for trophies.

A 1960s rock and roll reunion jam, featuring various members from some of Kentucky's famous 1960s bands, will join Hub Cap and the Inmates in concert.

Races begin at noon, with heats throughout the afternoon; upper and lower bracket elimination continues throughout the day, with the championship race at 5 p.m.

Parking is $5. For more information on the "Great Outhouse Blowout" and Historic Penn's Store, e-mail; or call (859) 332-7706, 332-7715 or (800) 755-0076.

This year's awards

The 2004 CMA recipient is Brent Hurley of Frankford, Del. Noted for his restoration and preservation of old outhouses, Hurley is keeping an important part of America's architectural history alive.

Hurley will join an honored list of past winners that reads like a Who's Who is the field of Priviology: Mary Frazier Long of Georgia, Orin Secoy of Ohio, Virginia Williams of Rhode Island, Lucinda Lambton of the BBC in England, Bob Ross of Montana, Connie Denault of Missouri, Sherman Hines of Canada, Dottie Booth of Pennsylvania, George Borum of Illinois, Homer Allison of Maryland, Haskell Penn of Kentucky and Billy Edd Wheeler of North Carolina.

The Hurley outhouse collection was the inspiration for the documentary "Privy Lane," which premiered in 2002 at the Rehoboth Film Festival. To view a segment of "Privy Lane," visit www.delaware

The Moon & Stars Award 2004 winner is Turner South's "Liars and Legends," for the filming and airing of the 2003 "Great Outhouse Blowout's" Outhouse 300 Race. The race aired in March and April of 2003.

"Liars and Legends" examines the rich heritage of the people and products that have shaped the South. Each program is filled with segments that will educate the Southern viewer about the uniqueness of the South. George Lindsey of "The Andy Griffith Show," "Mayberry RFD" and "Hee Haw" fame hosts the show at 10:30 p.m. each Thursday. Since 2001, "Liars and Legends" has won seven regional Emmy Awards for outstanding programs.

Schedule of events

10-11:30 a.m.: Sen. Dan Kelly, Joe Cissell and The Rocky Waters band appearing on the Penn's Store porch.

10:30 a.m.: Outhouse check-in and judging.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Registration for Country Cruise-In participants.

11:30 a.m.: Parade of Privies.

Noon: Outhouse races begin.

1-6 p.m.: Larry Sanders and Borderline, country. The 1960s Rock and Roll Reunion Jam, featuring The Maroons, Action Unlimited, Hub Cap and the Inmates, Gary Edwards and other musical surprises.

3 p.m.: Voting closes for cruise-in awards.

4 p.m.: Presentation of car show trophies.

5 p.m.: Championship Outhouse race.

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