‘Hee Haw’ is back in Ivor

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 9, 2007

IVOR—&uot;Hee Haw&uot; fans, get ready. It’s that time again. The popular take-off of the long-running TV comedy of the same name returns to the Ivor Municipal Building stage for its 13th season and promises to be better than ever.

Sponsored by the Ivor Rescue Squad’s Ladies Auxiliary, the show will be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets for the fund-raiser will be $6 for adults and $3 for children four to 10.

Children three and under will be admitted free.

&uot;It’s going to be just as hilarious as ever,&uot; laughed the show’s director, Louise Pittman.

&uot;In fact, some of the actors have their own routines and when they get going, they’re so funny, sometimes they surprise even me.&uot;

All local talent, the actors may be anyone from a vice president of a bank, to a nurse, housewife, or even the Baptist preacher.

They purchase their own costumes and donate their time for the good of the rescue squad, as all proceeds go directly to this organization.

Lip-syncing to music of their favorite country singers, they’re willing to get up on stage and make a &uot;complete fool&uot; of themselves, said one performer.

Pittman started the performances as a means of making money for the squad.

She said it was a hit from the very beginning and, &uot;I’m happy to say, it has always played to a packed house.

&uot;At first we were extremely apprehensive, but it has gotten to be so popular that we couldn’t stop now, even if we wanted to.

&uot;People look forward to it— so far I’ve gotten inquiries from as far away as North Carolina, Virginia Beach and Richmond.&uot;

The lineup this year includes such favorites as Minnie Pearl and Brother, Lulu and Cleatus Judd.

Also Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and June Carter, and the Judds.

Other performers will be Hank Williams Jr., Miranda Lambert, Patsy Cline, Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Tammy Wynette, Carrie Underwood and many others.

Standard acts returning will include the All Junk Band, the Hee Haw Weather Girls, Kornfield Gossip and a gospel quartet.

Masters of Ceremonies this year will the Shiloh Grass Band, with plenty of bluegrass music in between the 40 or more acts during the two-hour show, Pittman said.

&uot;Many of our performers return year after year, but we always have a few new ones to keep it fresh.

&uot;We keep the same format, however,&uot; she added, &uot;so if you’ve seen one, you know what to expect.

&uot;But that’s what keeps us going — for those who like corn, this is the place to be,&uot; she said with a grin.