City of Henderson Announcements

Posted on: February 12, 2018

Handy Festival named Top 20 Event in Southeast for June 2018

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HENDERSON, Ky. --  – The Southeast Tourism Society has named W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival one of the STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for June 2018.


This year’s Handy Fest is June 13-16. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.


Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: and Travel Media Press Room.


This year’s Handy Fest live music line-up performances are scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, through Saturday, June 16, at Audubon Mill Park. Select downtown restaurants will be hosting Handy Lunch Breaks and Handy Happy Hours as early as Monday, June 11. The entire outdoor festival is free to the public and is funded entirely by donors.


Last year’s Handy Fest line-up included performances from Coco Montoya, Wet Willie, Tab Benoit, and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. Guests can expect to hear music ranging from blues, zydeco and other forms of acoustic and electric soul music. For more information visit


“The Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for the Southeast’s visitors, residents and travel writers. The events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in our region,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.


Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. Nomination forms and deadlines are available at or by calling 770-542-1523.


STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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