The long saga of the Benham Inn is about to enter a new chapter, as the long-standing structure continues on under new management.
The Inn is scheduled for a grand reopening and community fish fry on Saturday, with festivities kicking off at 2 p.m. and going until after midnight.
The Benham Inn recently came under new management, as the county relinquished the duties of running the facility to Appalachian Hospitality Group Inc. on July 1.
Appalachian Hospitality Group president Travis Warf has put together a grand reopening event to let the citizens of the area know their support is appreciated.
The event gets underway at 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the Inn. Various rooms will be open for guests to tour, and in-house vendors will be on-site making their products available. For the kids, there will be inflatables available.
According to Warf, the event will be filled with live music covering a plethora of genres from Bluegrass to country to classic rock.
The music gets underway at 2:15 p.m. with the bluegrass band Sunrise Ridge. Gospel takes the stage next, with the Cumberland Pentecostal Church Praise Team at 4:15. Denise Baird is up at 5:30 p.m. and Jake Ravizee is slated for the 6:15 p.m. slot. Brooklyhn Woods will be performing from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., wrapping up the free portion of the musical entertainment.
The band State of Mind will be performing a full concert beginning at 9 p.m., with a $10 admission charge for the show.
“State of Mind is a southern rock and country band out of Letcher County,” Warf said. “They do a phenomenal job.”
Warf mentioned State of Mind is the same band that performed recently at the facility’s Lynch Invitational Tournament kick-off party.
“We’re going to have free food,” Warf said. “We’re going to feed everybody until the food runs out. The only thing people would pay for is the concert with State of Mind.”
Warf explained operations at the Inn did not cease at all when Appalachian Hospitality Group took over.
“It never closed, not one minute.” Warf said. “The transition was June 30 at midnight, and I had staff on-site when the clock struck midnight, and it’s been going non-stop ever since…It’s been an adventure, but it’s going good.”
Warf said the grand reopening event is in order to make things official.
“We’re in here, we know what we’re doing now,” Warf said. “I wanted to provide everybody in the community with free food and free entertainment. I wanted to do that to let the community know I appreciate all the support they have given me and that they continue to give me.”
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