Pike County Prepares for Action-Packed Weekend


By Brittany Bivins

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, Pike County is the place to be. Some of the area’s most popular annual events are taking place over the next few days.

The United States Tennis Association Troy Classic kicked off earlier this week, with some of the most talented women’s tennis players in the country. "It's just a great economic impact. We have over 120, 150 players, coaches, parents, staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, besides it being a tremendously high level of tennis,” said Eric Hayes, tennis coach at Troy University and the tournament director.
The final matches will take place at the Lunsford Tennis Courts beginning Saturday morning. There’s no charge for the public to watch. Lunch will be available for spectators.
Meanwhile, just up the road, the annual Pioneer Days event is underway at Troy’s Pioneer Museum. More than 250 area students came out on Friday for reenactments and demonstrations. It’s expected to draw out-of-town visitors, too. "They are impressed. They can't believe there is such a large place in such a small town, in such a small area,” said Kari Barley, Interim Director of the Pioneer Museum. The event runs through Saturday. Admission can be paid upon arrival at the Pioneer Museum.
In nearby Henderson, it’s all about the music this weekend. Bluegrass music. Rex’s Bluegrass Jamboree draws hundreds of people from across the country every April and October. The freestyle festival is in its forty-fifth year.
Allen Seen has been to 30 of them. He says the jamboree is set apart by its inclusive nature. Everyone can come and find a group with which to play, he says. It’s something that’s kept the festival going strong after almost half a century. "There's a lot of new faces here, every year. You come and you see somebody that hasn't been coming, they heard about it from somebody else,” said Seen. Rex’s Bluegrass Jamobree runs through Saturday in Henderson. Admission is $5.
Additionally, the Children’s Advocacy Council of Troy is holding a red carpet gala to raise money for the non-profit group, which helps abused and neglected children. The semi-formal event will take place at the Troy University Ballrooms on Saturday, October 13. Tickets are $25.

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