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By JACOB BLAIR
Trimble Banner Intern
August 15 will be a milestone for the Bedford Bash as the community celebrates the event’s 25th anniversary.
The annual event originally started with sales at local businesses in 1990, said Jon Dunlap, senior vice president of president of Bedford Loan and Deposit Bank.
The first year, then called “Fantastic Friday,” had Payne Crafton and the Sweet River Band performing while Farmhouse Restaurant had a sale on fish and Little Town and Country also sold food at a discount, Dunlap said.
Since then, the bash has grown to feature dance contests, door prizes and for the sixth time this year, a car show to raise money for the Trimble County Emergency Search Unit.
“It’s a very nice car show,” Dunlap said.
Young Country as well as The Doctors have been performers at many of the Bedford Bash events, he said. This year, Tayler Lynch and Six Miles South will provide entertainment.
Dunlap said one year they released a bunch of balloons at the event and one was discovered in Elizabethtown and was mailed back to the Bedford Bank.
In its 25-year history, the bash has occurred on days with favorable weather.
“We’ve only had to cancel two times in the past 25 years,” Dunlap said.
One year they moved the bash to the Trimble County Middle School after it started raining, but now they use the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 1 next door in the event of rain, Dunlap said.
Dunlap said some of his favorite memories have been the dance contests, as well as a pie auction that raised money for the Morgan Community Center when it was being constructed.
“They start to blend together after awhile,” Dunlap said.
In 25 years, Dunlap said he was only late to the bash once, because it was move-in day at his daughter’s college.
After ten years, Dunlap said he thought they had done enough and considered putting the bash by the wayside, but the community said they wanted to continue it.
Dunlap attributed success of the bash to the early planning and management done by his staff.
“I have a great staff at the (Bedford) Bank,” he said.
The process begins in February and they decide on a T-shirt design and theme first and go from there.
Between 30 and 40 local businesses also donate money to purchase the door prizes.
“The bash is really a way for all area businesses to say thanks to Trimble County,” Dunlap said.
He estimates it is the third most attended event in Trimble County with around 800-1000 people every year, as long as the weather is nice and mild.
The event also helps fundraise for the local fire departments as well as school organizations in Trimble County.
The theme for this year is Celebrating 25 Years at the Bedford Bash. Dunlap said they are planning on making a quilt with all 25 of the Bedford Bash t-shirts.
“Come and bring your chair and have a good time,” Dunlap said.
When asked if there will be anything special for the silver anniversary, Dunlap said only time would tell.