At 12:50 p.m., the 2006 G.O.B. award winners will be announced and trophies will be presented. The 2006 winners are:
Cresent Moon Award (CMA): The most coveted award presented by the G.O.B. and Penn's Store honors a person for efforts and contributions in promoting and preserving the outhouse with dignity. The 2006 honor goes to Rep. Mike Cherry of Princeton for his efforts in passing legislation that exempts buildings housing 35 people or fewer for educational purposes from strict state plumbing codes. In other words, the lowly privy still has a place in the Americana landscape of Kentucky - legally. (See Amendment to Senate Bill 171, passed April 11, 2006.)
Golden Throne Award: This is presented to a person who has exemplified independence, conviction and courage, often in adverse conditions, and never lost a sense of humor. This year it goes to former Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton of Pikeville. He joins the ranks of past winners that include Rick Pitino, former Gov. Ann Richards of Texas, Gatewood Galbraith, and Pres. George W. Bush, to name a few.
Moon & Stars Award: This award is bestowed on a person in the media or an entertainer whose works have brought the outhouse to the public's attention. The 2006 honor goes to Byron Crawford, whose efforts throughout the years in bringing attention to Kentucky's treasures, in its people and places, including the "lowly privy" - which he did on KET's "Kentucky Life" in 1998 - exemplify the Unbridled Spirit that is Kentucky.
At 1 p.m., the Afternoon Blowout Concert Series will get under way with Roger Bon Durant, whose versatility spans country, rock, blues, bluegrass and pop. BonDurant can be found each Friday and Saturday nights performing at Chevy Chase Inn, Lexington. Following will be the unique sounds of Melodic Brotherhood. Master guitarists Joe Austin and Tim Readnour, joined by Steve Smothers and Roy Edminston, weave a magical sound that captivates audiences. Guest artist will be blues singer Dawn Osborn, who will be joined by the Brotherhood and will perform songs by other blues greats as well as original material.
About 3 p.m., Net'Work will take the stage. Net'Work's Motown and classic oldies sound likely will have the audience clapping its hands and dancing. A dance floor will be provided in front of the stage.
Races will be conducted throughout the afternoon, mainly between performance sets.
One of the shining jewels of the day in the country landscape at Penn's Store has wheels of another kind. The Country Cruise-In, a car, truck and motorcycle show, will have trophies for the Best Chevy, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best Motorcycle, Best Truck and Best Overall. Winners will be decided by fellow participants. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 50 entrants. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; cost is $5. Voting ends at 3 p.m. and trophies are awarded at approximately 5 p.m.
Mystic Turtle Evening
A new attraction at the GOB this year is the Mystic Turtle Evening. Kentucky's Ernie "Turtle Man" Brown Jr., who has caught turtles by hand since he was 7 years old, not only has obtained a respect for them but also a concern for their future.
Their natural habitat is being eroded and they are being hunted by traps that gather many turtles at one time, leaving the turtle with little or no chance of survival.