What's Happening
This Month In Kentucky


Home | Covers | Story | Things | Contents | Index | Samples | Genealogy
Features | Books | Historical Societies | Sale | Links | Hot | Subscriptions

Below are events found around Kentucky
during

OCTOBER, SEPTEMBER,
JULY, & AUGUST, 1996

All Information Is Subject To Change.
Please Call Ahead To Verify Dates & Times!


OCTOBER, 1996

EVENTS IN KENTUCKY

Early Oct. - Green River Marching Festival Calhoun, McLean Co. High School. 502/273-5278

Early Oct. - Trees, Trails & Creatures Lexington, UK Arboretum. Free family evening with music, tall tales and nature activities. 606/268-2583

Oct. 4-5 Caneyville Fair & Homecoming Grayson Co. Crafts, contests and a parade. 502/879-8460

Oct. 4-5 Kentucky Apple Festival Paintsville. Apple delicacies, country music shows, car shows, parade, flea market, AKC dog show and much more. 606/789-4355

4-5 Kingdom Come Swappin' Meetin' Cumberland, Harlan Co., Southeast Community College. 606/589-2145, ext. 2102

4-5 Mid-America Square Dance Jamboree Louisville, KY Fair and Exposition Center. More than 4000 dancers gather for both round and square dancing. 502/368-1027

4-5 Roller Coaster Fair Barren and Monroe Counties. Demonstrations of talent, pride and hospitality along the Cordell Hull Highway. 502/427-3417

4-6 Appalachian Harvest Festival Renfro Valley. A harvest celebration with craft demonstrations and continuous entertainment. 800/765-7464

4-6 Carter Co. Sorghum Festival Grayson, Walter Campbell Farm. Arts and crafts, country, bluegrass and gospel music. 606/474-4003

4-6 Jessamine Jamboree Nicholasville. Includes crafts, entertainment, street dance, parades and a tomato war. 606/887-4351

4-6 Kentucky Wool Festival Falmouth. A salute to the area's sheep industry with bluegrass and country music, crafts and more. 606/654-3378

4-6 KY-IN-OH Writers' Roundtable Carrolton. Writers' conference, workshops and readings by students and faculty from Ky., Ind., and Ohio. 606/257-4024. 502/732-5398.

4-6 Old Fashioned Days Lebanon Junction, Bullitt Co. Train ride, arts and crafts and much more. 502/833-2296

4-6 Perryville Battlefield Commemoration Perryville Battlefield. Features authentic weaponry, clothing, campsites, drills, demonstrations and the Sunday afternoon re-enactment of this Civil War battle. The town of Perryville offers a parade, crafts and entertainment. 606/332-2108

4-6 Red Crow Indian Council's Pow Wow Shepherdsville. Traditional Indian pow wow, featuring dancers, storytellers and arts and crafts. 502/955-7965

4-6 St. James Court Art Show Louisville. One of the largest outdoor art shows of its kind in the nation. More than 650 artists display their artwork in an elegant setting of fine Victorian homes. 502/635-1842

5 A Taste of Richmond. Street festival with a variety of specialties from area restaurants, crafts, contests and entertainment. 800/866-3705

5 Hazel Celebration Calloway Co. An old-fashioned celebration with music, contests, car show, carriage rides and more. 502/492-8796

5 Jamestown Pumpkin Festival. Includes pumpkin carving and pie baking contests, crafts and entertainment. 502/343-4311

5 Kentucky Corps of Long Riflemen Interstate Invitational Fort Boonesborough State Park. 606/527-3131

5 Metcalfe Co. Pumpkin Festival Edmonton, Court Square. Includes pumpkin contests, crafts and entertainment. 502/432-3561

5 Walktoberfest Louisville, The Water Tower. A walk through scenic Louisville. 502/589-3837

5-6 Autumn in MainStrasse Village Covington. Old-fashioned sidewalk sale. 606/491-0458

5-6 Big River Arts & Crafts Festival John James Audubon State Park. 502/926-4433

5-6 Clarkson Days Grayson Co. Activities and crafts for the whole family. 502/242-2111

5-6 Greenbo Crafts Show Greenbo Lake State Park. 606/473-7324

5-6 Smith's Grove Fall Antique Festival Warren Co. Enjoy a village visit while strolling through the treasures of more than 40 antique dealers. 502/563-6458

5-12 Daniel Boone Festival Barbourville. Oldest continuous festival in the state with activities for the whole family. Parade, crafts, food and a carnival. 606/546-6192

6 Red River Rally Slade, Natural Bridge State Park. Cycle ride starting at the state park's sky lift and continuing through the Red River Gorge area. 606/277-8873

6 The Eagle Lady Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Woodford Co. (2 pm) Doris Mager presents birds of prey, including bald and golden eagles. 606/873-5711
6-7 Mason Co. Court Days Maysville. Enjoy trading, crafts, and entertainment. 606/564-6026

9-13 Jenny Wiley Festival Prestonsburg. A variety of activities honor the pioneer woman who escaped from Indians in the area. Crafts, entertainment and more. 606/886-6101

10-12 Greenup Old-Fashioned Days. Includes crafts, apple butter making demonstrations, antique car show and bluegrass, country and gospel music. 606/473-7934

10-13 Kentucky Fall Classic Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. A class "A" rated show for Saddlebreds, hackney ponies and roadsters. 606/253-0472

11-12 Forkland Heritage Festival & Revue Gravel Switch, Boyle Co., Forkland Community Center. This event includes wagon tours, displays, Old Country Theatre, bean supper and original drama. 606/332-7897

11-13 Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival Middlesboro. Crafts, entertainment and the Governor's Cup Banjo Championship. 606/248-1075

11-13 Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair Berea, Indian Fort Theater. This exceptional fair offers the arts and crafts of more than 110 regional craftspeople, demonstrations and entertainment. 800/598-5263

11-13 Knob Creek Military Gun Show & Shoot Shepherdsville. The nation's largest show and shoot for traders, shooters and spectators. 502/922-4457

11-13 Lincoln Days Hodgenville, Lincoln Jamboree. Features games, railsplitting tournament, arts and crafts, parade and a special country music show. 502/358-3411
11-13 Trigg Co. Country Ham Festival Cadiz. Curing country ham is celebrated with a parade, contests and more. 502/522-3892

12 Native American Day Lake Cumberland State Park. Activities include a rafting trip on the Cumberland River, a tour of Rockhouse Arch, demonstrations and a buffalo dinner. 502/866-4333

12-13 Bardstown Arts, Crafts & Antique Fair. Stroll through Bardstown and shop the arts, crafts and antiques of more than 150 juried craftsmen. Be sure to enjoy the true southern foods and entertainment. 800/638-4877

12-13 Crafts in the Village Kentucky Dam Village State Park. 502/527-7623

12-13 Henderson Antique Show Methodist Hospital. Estate jewelry, furniture, glassware, collectibles and more! 502/827-7161

12-13 Historic Drennon Storytelling & Crafts Festival Henry Co. Good food, trail rides, storytelling and crafts. 502/532-7913

17-20 Bloomfield Tobacco Festival Nelson Co. Exhibits and demonstrations, a parade, flea market, entertainment and more. 502/252-8808

17-20 Foothills Festival Albany, Clinton Co. Parade, crafts, children's activities, square dance and more. 606/387-8724

17-21 World Organization of China Painters Lexington, Continental Inn. Demonstrations, vendors and sales at this unique art show. 606/223-7343

18-20 Aurora Country Festival Kenlake State Park. Includes sorghum making, candle dipping and soap making demonstrations, crafts and a parade. 502/474-8203

18-20 Eastern Kentucky Trade Days Greenup. Flea market with items old and new. 606/473-1639

18-20 Fall Color Weekend Pine Mountain Settlement School, Harlan Co. Retreat to the mountains for scenic trail walks, lectures and folk dance. 606/558-3571

19 Glendale Crossing Festival Hardin Co. Crafts, antique farm machinery show, parade and entertainment. 502/369-6188

19 Homemaking in the Mountains Breaks Interstate Park, Pike Co. Enjoy heritage skill demonstrations, craft demonstrations and seasonal foods. 606/432-2534

19 Muhlenberg Co. Arts & Crafts Fair Powderly, North Middle School. 502/338-3124

19 Shaker Harvest Festival Shakertown at South Union. 502/542-4167

19 Halloween Ghost Tour Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg. Visit with the "ghosts" of 18th century settlers at the site of Kentucky's first permanent English settlement. 606/734-3314

19-20 Cave Country Arts & Crafts Fair Cave City Convention Center. 502/773-2659

19-20 Gospel Quartet Weekend Renfro Valley. 800/765-7464

19-20 Great American Air Affair Bowling Green. Kentucky's premier air show. 502/782-0800

19-20 Hanson Homecoming Celebration Hopkins Co. Includes a parade, flea market, car show, street dance and bluegrass band concert. 502/322-8375

19-20 National Collegiate Mountain Bike Championship Carrollton, Ski Butler. 502/484-2998

19-20 Reid's Orchard Apple Festival Owensboro, KY-144. Enjoy the abundance of apples, music, wagon rides and crafts. 502/684-5631

19-20 West Point Fall Festival Hardin Co. Antiques, crafts, food and entertainment. 502/922-4247

25-26 Great Pumpkin Festival Frankfort. Includes children's activities, hayrides, crafts and entertainment. 502/223-2261

25-26 Spirits of the Past General Butler State Park, Butler-Turpin House. Facts and folklore are blended, as interpreters portray the Butler-Turpin families. 502/732-4384

25-27 Celebration of Traditional Music Berea College. A festival of Appalachian folk music the best traditional musicians in the region. Also featuring folk dancing, workshops and a symposium. 606/986-9341, extension 5141

25-27 Lee Co. Woolly Worm Festival Beattyville. A tried and true predictor of the coming winter weather is the Official Woolly Worm Survey, Woolly worm races, flea market, entertainment and parade. 606/464-2888

25-27 Pieces of the Past General Butler State Park. A celebration of our state's heritage through music, dance, storytelling, historic tours and a quilt show. 502/732-4384

26 Christmas on Parade Crafts Show Mt. Sterling. 606/498-7822
26 Halloween Harvest of Horror Tales E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. An evening of spooky stories by professional storytellers. Also hayrides, pumpkin and costume contests. 502/245-0643

26 Scarecrow Festival Madisonville. Pumpkin decorating and costume contests, storytelling, haunted house and more. 502/821-4963

26-27 Book & Paper Memor-abilia Show & Sale National Guard Armory, Frankfort. Event features thousands of old magazines, books, paper items and record albums. Spaces available for authors. 606/369-5221

26-27 Woodbury Skirmish Butler Co. Park. A Civil War skirmish re-enactment on the banks of the Green River. Also period dance and craft show. 502/526-5806

Late MSCTDA Team Challenge Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. 502/633-3339

Late Ghost Walk at White Hall Richmond, White Hall. 606/623-9178

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Early Founders' Days West Point, Hardin Co. This traditional festival includes pioneer craft demonstrations, music and carriage rides. 502/922-4560

Early Senior Games Hopkinsville. Competitive sports for seniors 55 and over. 502/887-4290

SEPT. 1 Picnic in the Park with the Pops Pineville, Laurel Cove Amphitheater. Enjoy the choral and philharmonic concerts under the stars. 606/337-2237

1 "Town by the Riverside" Festival Brandenburg, Meade-Olin Park. Arts and crafts festival, local entertainment and pancake breakfast. 502/422-3626

1-2 Catlettsburg Labor Day Celebration Boyd Co. Parade, arts and crafts music, rides, games and food. 800/377-6249

3-8 Roots & Heritage Festival Lexington. Celebrate African-American heritage, culture and achievement. 606/254-9339

5-7 Williamsburg Old-Fashioned Trading Days. Crafts, antique car show, gospel music and 8K run. 606/549-2285

6-7 Blues to the Point Carrollton, Point Park. Blues acts from around the region and throughout the U.S. 502/732-7036

6-7 Kentucky Racking Horse Classic Olive Hill. The 32 classes include a "stick horse class" for children. 606/286-6185

6-7 Poole Harvest Daze Webster Co. Parade, contests, music, and children's games. 502/533-6170

6-8 Ha'Penny Trials Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. Competitions in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping. 606/277-3942

6-8 Oktoberfest Covington, MainStrasse Village. The celebration of the German "storybook wedding reception" begins with the beer tapping ceremony. Features international foods, Bavarian music and dancing, crafts and contests. 606/491-0458

6-8 Septemberfest Louisa. Parade, crafts, 5K-10K walk/run, gospel songfest, and more! 606/638-4555

7 Autumn Jam Pikeville. Alabama and other top country music groups perform for charity. 606/432-5063

7 Central City Music Festival. The Everly Brothers homecoming celebration is highlighted by a Saturday night concert with the native sons. 502/754-9603

7 Kennel Club Julep Cup Show Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. More than 1,500 pure-bred dogs. 606/527-3865

7 Old-Timer's Day Rabbit Hash, Boone Co. Visit the circa 1831 General Store and enjoy bluegrass and country music, games and a pig roast. 606/586-7744

7 Pine Mountain Community Fair Pine Mountain Settlement School, Harlan Co. Old fashioned fun, games, food, exhibits and competitions. 606/558-3258

7 Woodford Co. Fall Festival Versailles. Crafts, parade, 5K run, and entertainment. 800/873-5969

7-8 Trail of Tears Indian Pow Wow Hopkinsville, Trail of Tears Commemorative Park. See authentic Native American Indian dancing, storytellers and crafts. 502/886-8033

7-9 Elkhorn City Bluegrass Festival Pike Co. 800/844-7453

8 Jack Jouett Concert Versailles. Free big band concert featuring "The Men of Note." 606/873-7902
8 Knott Creek Gingerbread Festival Hindman Settlement School, Knott Co. Southern gospel and bluegrass singing. 606/785-5475

8 Sloan Mountain Squirrel Festival McDowell, Floyd Co., KY-1086. Enjoy a day in the country with mountain cuisine, crafts, contests and music. 606/886-3565

12-14 Rosine Fall Festival Ohio Co., Community Park. Gospel and bluegrass music, contests, crafts, square dancing. 502/274-5552

13-14 Fall Candlelight Dinners Shakertown at South Union. A Shaker evening meal by candlelight with living history performances. 502/542-4167

13-14 Old-Timers' Festival Barbourville. Early mountain life is explored through music, crafts, displays and more. 606/546-3152

13-15 Antique Show & Sale Bowling Green. 502/842-3416

13-15 Capital Quilt Festival Frankfort Civic Center. Features 200 traditional and contemporary quilts on display, workshops, fashion show and more. 502/223-2261

13-15 Salvisa Country Festival Mercer Co. Includes an antique car show, contests, flea market, tractor pull and gospel music. 606/865-2239

14 Black Patch Festival Princeton. Crafts, car show, bicycle tour and folk music. 502/365-5393. The Black Patch Arts & Crafts Fair is at Big Springs Park. 502/365-3959

14 Highview Arts & Crafts Festival Louisville, 7711 Fegenbush Lane. 120 exhibitors, also gerbil races, games and contests. 502/239-2509

14 Lake Cumberland Cleanup. A multi-county effort to keep the shores of Lake Cumberland clean. Prizes, awards, entertainment and food. 606/679-6337

14 Licking Valley Arts Festival Falmouth Fairgrounds. Music festival featuring bluegrass, brass, concert and jazz. 606/472-5314

14 Oldham Co. Harvestival Crestwood Elementary. Includes drafts, bluegrass music and barbecue. 502/241-7858

14 Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival New Haven, Nelson Co. Train rides, stage shows, music and much more. 502/549-3177

14 Trashmasters Classic Barren River State Park. A day of "trash patrol" along the lakeshore, cook-out and live entertainment. 502/646-2151

14 Trimble Co. Apple Festival Bedford. Crafts and entertainment highlight the area's well-known orchards. 502/255-7418

14 Wish Upon A Star Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Woodford Co. Enjoy an evening of planet walking, star hopping and folklore. 606/873-5711

14-15 Southern Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Show Bowling Green, Fountain Square Park. 502/782-0037

Mid Golden Armor Festival Radcliffe. The festival honors nearby Fort Knox. 502/351-4450

Mid Hopkinsville Salutes Fort Campbell Week. Includes a 5K road race, children's games, chili cook-off and a patriotic band concert. 502/885-9096

Mid Rowan Co. Hardwood Festival Morehead. This traditional festival features a quilt show, crafts, entertainment, games and parade. 606/784-5040

Mid Southern Hills Arts & Crafts Festival Lexington, 2356 Harrodsburg Road. 606/272-3732

15-17 Carroll Co. Tobacco Festival Carrollton. Parade, flea market, special exhibits, music and games. 502/732-7036

15-17 Arts & Crafts Festival Breaks Interstate Park, Pike Co. 703/865-4413

17-21 Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Morehead. Bluegrass music, buggy rides, dancing, fishing and free camping. 606/784-2277

18-22 Kentucky Senior Games Elizabethtown. 30 different sporting events for seniors 55 and over. 502/765-2175

19-22 Black Gold Festival Hazard. This festival honors coal, one of Kentucky's major resources, with a variety of activities including top-name concerts. 606/439-1776
20-21 Auburn Autumn Days Logan Co. Crafts, antiques and contests. 502/542-4149

20-21 Corn Island Storytelling Festival E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The 21st anniversary of the festival with storytellers from around the world who have previously appeared invited back to share their talents. 502/245-0643

20-21 Folk Heritage Weekend Pennyrile Forest State Park. Kentucky's folk heritage is saluted with craft demonstrations, arts and crafts fair, and entertainment. 502/797-3421

20-21 Jesse Stuart Weekend Greenbo Lake State Park. Explore the life and works of poet Jesse Stuart. Includes a bus trip to W-Hollow. 606/329-1007

20-22 Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show Paducah, Carson Park. Features antique farm machinery, steam and gas engines, and horse and mule pulls. 502/554-1282

20-22 Chautauqua Days Millersburg, Bourbon Co. Features children's games, contests, music and a flea market. 606/484-2093

20-22 Country Peddler Show Paducah, Executive Inn. A showcase of quality artists from across the nation. 606/423-2421

20-22 Festival of the Horse Georgetown. Includes horse shows and parades, carriage rides, crafts and music. 502/863-2547

20-22 Harvest Festival Morehead. Crafts market, quilts, rides, great food and entertainment. 606/784-2062

20-22 Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival Jefferson Co. Includes Crafts, 5K run, and parade. 502/267-1674

20-22 Kentucky Bourbon Festival Bardstown. The "bourbon capital of the world" celebrates with distillery tours, exhibits, music, contests and more. 800/638-4877

20-22 Poage Landing Days Ashland. This annual event includes crafts, entertainment and an antique car show. 606/329-1007

20-22 Waynesburg Pioneer Days Lincoln Co. Parade, quilt show and entertainment. 606/379-6065

21 Antiques & Folk Art Festival Mayfield. Antique dealers from all over the region. 502/247-1856

21 Antique Car Show Dixon, Webster Co. Court House Square. Open to all antique car trophies and prizes awarded. 502/639-5186
21 Island Wooden Bridge Festival McLean Co. A celebration commemorating the building of the 1972 L&N railroad bridge, with exhibits, entertainment, crafts and more. 502/486-3292

21 Kentucky Cup Day of Champions Florence, Turfway Park. A series of six races, with purses totaling $1 million. 800/733-0200

21 Lakeshore Cleanup Rough River Lake. Barbecue, prizes and entertainment follow a morning of lakeshore cleanup. 502/257-2061

21 Misaligned Minds 100 Bicycle Tour Paducah. Take a bicycle tour through low traffic areas. This rid includes routes for all endurance levels. 502/442-0751

21 Murray's Yard Sale Calloway Co. The largest city-wide yard sale, with more than 100 locations. 800/715-5004

21 Salt River Canoe Races Shepherdsville, KOA. Eight-mile marathon, sprints and fun races. 800/526-2068

21 Williamstown Marigold Festival. Yard sales, gospel music and marigold displays. 606/824-6641

21-22 4 Star Arts & Crafts Festival Murray State University. Two-day extravaganza of handcrafted items. 800/651-1603

21-22 Audubon Park Arts & Crafts Festival Louisville. 502/458-3058

21-22 Civil War Encampment Shaker Village, Harrodsburg. See Pleasant Hiss as it was during the Civil War. 606/734-5411

21-22 Cow Days Greensburg. Highlights include a free cow giveaway. 502/932-7400

21-22 First Nation Dancers Wickliffe Mounds. Native American dancers share their heritage with dances, costumes, stories and music. 502/335-3681

21-22 Heritage Stakes Croquet Tournament Greenup Co., McConnell House. 606/473-9371

21-22 Historic Constitution Square Festival Danville. Stroll the 1780's Constitution Square and watch living history demonstrations of Kentucky's past. Also entertainment and 135 juried craftspeople. 606/239-7089

21-22 James Young Pioneer Days West Point, Hardin Co. This fascinating festival features tours, rides, arts and crafts, food and entertainment. 502/922-9418

21-22 Kentucky Wood Expo London. Entertainment, displays, and food. 502/875-3136

21-22 Rocky Mountain Horse Show Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. Enjoy the "single-foot old-fashioned gait" of this rare breed. 606/263-4374

21-22 Simon Kenton Festival Old Washington. Pioneer encampments and craft demonstrations, muzzle loading competition and more. 606/759-7423

21-22 Ursuline Campus Art Fair Louisville, 3105 Lexington Road. Entertainment, kids' activities and 130 juried artists. 502/896-3999

21-22 Woodford Co. Days. The countrywide celebration includes Millville Hillbilly Daze on Sat. with a flea market, contests and music, 606/873-3235, and the Midway Fall Festival on Sat.-Sun. with crafts and music. 606/846-4652

21-23 Bike Trek to Shakertown Mercer Co. The bicycle tour of central Kentucky's scenic backroads includes a visit to Shaker Village, with a choice of two or three-day trips. 800/586-4872

26-28 Corn Festival Morganfield. Arts and crafts, entertainment, dancing, food, ugly truck contest, car show and music. 502/389-2290

26-29 World Chicken Festival London. The home of Colonel Sanders' first KFC restaurant celebrates with "egg-citing" contests, crafts, entertainment and much more. 606/878-6900
27-28 Crittenden Harvest Festival Grant Co. Park. Fireworks, food and family fun combined with music and dancing 606/428-2907

27-28 Old Market Days Paducah. Barbecuing on the riverfront is a fun-filled charitable event with entertainment, contests and a pig-out food fest. 800/PADUCAH

27-28 Somerfest Somerset. Continuous live bands, craft booths, great food and contests. 606/679-8376

27-29 Great American Dulcimer Convention Pine Mountain State Park. A celebration featuring some of the finest dulcimer players in the country. Workshops, lessons and concerts. 606/337-3066

27-29 IBMA Bluegrass Fan Fest Owensboro, English Park. The Bluegrass Music Association hosts 30 top-name artists for this celebration of bluegrass on the banks of the Ohio River. 502/684-9025

27-29 Mushroom Foray Natural Bridge State Park. Special programs focus on Kentucky's native mushrooms. 606/663-2214

27-29 Shepherdsville Old Tyme Homecoming Bullitt Co. Parade, crafts, rides, and live entertainment. 502/543-4693. Shepherdsville Championship Rodeo Shepherdsville Arena. 502/358-4904

27-30 Anderson Co. Burgoo Festival Lawrenceburg. Crafts, entertainment, antique car show and lots of Kentucky's famous burgoo. 502/839-5564

28 Arts & Crafts Fair Frankfort. Artists and craftsmen join together with food vendors and entertainers in a community street affair. 502/227-4730

28 Arts & Crafts Fair Glasgow City Square. Quality handcrafted items with a wide diversity of style. 502/678-6773

28 Bowling Green 10K Classic Western Kentucky University. Health fair and road race. 502/782-0800
28 Founders' Day Festival Independence, Kenton Co. Includes crafts, entertainment, 10K run, carriage rides and old-fashioned contests. 606/356-0657

28 Little River Arts & Crafts Fair Hopkinsville, Little River Park. Crafts, crafts and more crafts! 502/887-4295

28 Morris Fork Craft Fair Booneville. Demonstrations by the more than 100 member craft co-op, food and entertainment. 606/398-2194

28 Night Rider Tour Hopkinsville. A hayride and re-enactment of the 1907 Tobacco Night Rider Raid. 502/887-4270

28 Pine Knob Sorghum Festival Caneyville. Sorghum making, crafts, antiques and theatrical production of "Daddy Took The T-Bird Away." 502/879-8190

28 Switzer Covered Bridge Day Franklin Co., KY-1262. Built in 1855, the bridge is one of the few remaining covered bridges in Kentucky. This homecoming celebration features a variety of activities. 502/695-1146

28-29 Flint Knappers' Weekend Wickliffe Mounds Research Center. Hobbyists turn rock into arrowheads, knives and other tools. 502/335-3681

28-29 Harvest Festival Shaker Village, Harrodsburg. Celebration of autumn with crafts and activities. Louisville Ballet performance of "The Shakers," (28th), and A Shaker Worship Services (29th). 606/734-5411

28-29 Letcher Co. Mountain Heritage Festival Whitesburg. Crafts, music, parade and a 26-foot cake! 606/855-8106

28-29, Oct. 5-6 Autumn Fest Georgetown. Hayrides, great food and great fun. 502/863-3676

29 CathedralFest Covington, Cathedral of the Assumption. An upbeat festival of the arts with crafts, music and performances. 606/431-2060


July Events


1-6 Blackberry Festival Carlisle. Parade, dance and fireworks. 606-289-2384

2-4 Summerfest Pikeville. Celebrate Summer! 800-844-7453

3-4 Owensboro Summer Festival English Park. Riverfront activities include country and gospel music, fireworks, and Owensboro Symphony Orchestra concert. 502-684-9952

3-7 Summer Motion Ashland. Festivities include a car show, children's activities and crafts, followed by three evenings of concerts on the Ohio riverfront by national recording stars. And don't miss the great fireworks show on July 4th! Part of the Tri-State Fair and Regatta. 800-416-3222

4 Armor Vehicle Demonstration Fort Knox. (10am) See armored vehicles with authentically uniformed crews. 502-624-3812

4 Fourth of July Art Fair Lexington. More that 100 booths with some of Kentucky's finest crafts. 606-254-7024

4-6 Bluegrass Extravaganza Breaks Interstate Park, Pike Co. A celebration of the musical heritage of the region. 800-844-7453

4-6 Independence Day Celebrations Communities around the state are hosting activities to recognize out nation's birthday. Call: Cadiz 502-522-3337; Campbellsville 502-465-8601; Corbin 606-528-6390; Cythiana 606-234-2944; Ky State Parks 800-255-7275; Lexington 606-258-3123; Paducah 800-PADUCAH; Richmond 800-866-3705; South Shore 606-932-6144;
Wilmore 606-858-4412; Winchester 606-745-0200

4-6 International Ventriloquists Convention Fort Mitchell, Drawbridge Inn. The meeting of amateur and professional ventriloquists features workshops and performances. 606-485-4249

4-6 Old Joe Clark Bluegrass Festival Renfro Valley. Some of the best bluegrass pickers and singers gather for music-filled days and nights! 800-765-7464

4-7 Hunter/Jumper Horse Show Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. 606-255-3422

5-6 Jamestown Lakefest Russell Co. Crafts, music, parade and an antique car show. 502-343-4594

5-6 White Mills Homecoming Hardin Co. Games, parade, good food and good music. 502-639-8118

6 Auburn Car Show & Flea Market Logan Co. 502-542-4149

6 Smith's Grove Horse Show Smith's Grove, Warren Co. 502-782-0800

7 Magic in Nature Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Woodford Co. Professional magicians perform tricks with nature. 606-873-5711

11-13 Boone Co. Bluegrass Festival Burlington, Boone Co. Fairgrounds. 606-689-7431

11-14 International BB Gun Match Bowling Green. Teams from across the country! 502-782-0800

11-14 Team Roping Competition Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. Competitors from across the nation. 502-583-5502

12-14 Berea Craft Festival Indian Fort Theater. Features exhibitors from across the country in a beautiful outdoor setting. Demonstrations, entertainment. 606-986-1585

12-14 River Days Festival West Point, Hardin Co. Celebrate with games, food and a parade. 502-922-4058

13 Whiskey City Cruisers Car Exhibit & Parade Bardstown. More than 100 classic and antique cars. 800-638-4877

13-14 Founder's Day Weekend Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Hodgenville. Pioneer demonstrations, dramatic and musical performances honor the anniversary of the park. 502-358-3137

13-14 Irvin Cobb Golf Classic Paducah, Paxton Park. 502-444-9514

13-14 Mud, Sweat & Gears! General Butler State Park, Ski Butler. A mountain bicycle festival, highlighted by a dual slalom race. 502-484-2998

13-14 Operation Brightside/Coca-Cola Volleyball Classic Louisville, Churchill Downs infield. More than 4500 players compete in one of the largest volleyball tournaments in the region. 502-574-2339

14 Ice Cream Festival Leitchfield. Live entertainment, food and FREE ice cream! 502-259-5692

Mid --Muscle Car Super National Bowling Green. Car show and festival featuring drag racing, swap meet and car corral. 502-782-0800

Mid --SPLASH Laurel Lake Spillway. Come to the London/Corbin beach party with food, entertainment and games. 606-528-6390

15-20 Junior League Horse Show Lexington, The Red Mile. The worlds largest outdoor Saddlebred competition. 606-252-1893

18-20 Carter Co. Bluegrass Festival Olive Hill, Shrine Park. Top bluegrass entertainers and good "down home" environment combine to make fun for a family weekend. 606-286-6351

18-21 Equitana USA Louisville, KY Fair & Exposition Center. Enjoy "The World's Fair of Equestrian Sports." Information 407-647-4970. Reservations 800-368-4052

19-21 Mid-America Miniature Horse Julep Cup Show Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. One of the largest and most prestigious horse shows. 513-787-3248

19-27 Paducah Summer Festival Marine exhibits, cross-river swim, hot air balloons, fireworks, crafts and entertainment. 800-PADUCAH.
The Bicycle Stage Race (20-21) One of the largest stage races in the mid-South. 502-554-2938

20 Green River Arts & Crafts Festival & Corvette Show Green River Lake State Park. Crafts, entertainment and a Corvette show. 502-465-8255

20 Old Timers' Car Show Corinth, Grant Co. 606-824-5563

20 International Festival of Dance Carter Caves State Park. Folk dances from around the world. 606-928-9372

20-21 Music From the Outer Vineyard Shaker Village, Harrodsburg. Music by the South Union Quartet. 606-734-5411
21-22 Swing with the Legends Louisville. Golf scramble with alumni of Major League Baseball. 502-589-3837

22-28 Pioneer Life Week Carter Caves State Park. Enjoy a variety of activities focusing on pioneer life. 606-286-4411

26-27 Dawson Springs Barbeque & Homecoming Hopkins Co. Feast on 2000 pounds of delicious Western Kentucky barbecue! 502-797-4731

26-27 Ohio Valley Singing Convention Cave City Conventions Center. Old-time Southern gospel quartets perform. 502-773-4322

26-28 Kentucky Horse Fair, Breyerfest & Wild Horse & Burro Expo Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. A grand celebration of the horse, featuring breed exhibitions, clinics, entertainment (606-259-4205), Breyer model horse show and sales (201-694-5006), and demonstrations of wild horses and burros (601-977-5400).

26-28 Kentucky Music Weekend Louisville, Iroquois Park. The largest traditional and folk music festival in the region. Featuring performers, concerts, storytelling, and crafts. 502-348-5237

27 Grant Co. Demolition Derby Crittenden. 800-382-7117

27-28 Adopt-a-Horse/Burro Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. More than 150 animals will be offered for adoption. 601-977-5400

27-28 Basket-Making Workshop Wickliffe. Demonstration and workshop on basket-weaving techniques and styles. 502-335-2681

28 Rods & Machines Elizabethtown. Car show open to all 4-wheeled vehicles. 502-737-9079

28 "Under the Trees" Antique Show Georgetown, Cardome Centre. Vendors showcase furniture, toys and collectibles. 502-863-1407
Late Kentucky State Fiddlin' Festival Rough River Dam State Park. All ages and skill levels compete for more than $4000 in cash prizes. 502-259-3578

August Events


Early American Saddlebred Horse Shelbyville, Shelby Co. Fairgrounds. 502-633-6388

Early Hole-in-One Golf Tournament Lexington, Lakeside Golf Course. A 10-day competition where a hole-in-one wins a million dollars! 606-258-3137

Early Western Kentucky State Fair Hopkinsville. Rides, tractor pull and 4-H displays. 502-885-5343

1-3 McKinney Station Days Lincoln Co. Crafts, food, entertainment and clogging. 606-346-2741

2-3 Bluegrass in the Park Henderson, Central Park. 502-831-1200

2-3 Trans Financial Bank Balloon Classic Bowling Green. Activities include balloon races, entertainment and children's activities. 502-781-2834

2-4 Central Kentucky Steam & Gas Engine Show Paris. The 26th year for this exciting 3 day event features exhibits and displays of historic farm and industrial machinery. 606-987-4757

2-4 Osborne Brothers Homecoming Hyden, Leslie Co. Homecoming for Grand Ole Opry members. The Osborne Brothers along with 10 other top bluegrass bands. 606-266-1991

2-4 Saturday Night Cruisin' Beattyville. It's back to the '50's as vintage cars cruise the town and folks come in costume for the street dance. 606-464-2888

2-4 Thunder Cruise Bowling Green, Beech Bend Raceway Park. A variety of activities geared for the Chevy enthusiast. 502-782-0800
3 All-Night Gospel Sing Renfro Valley. 800-765-7464

3-4 Forgotten Past Steam & Gas Engine Show Benton, Marshall Co. Antique engines, plus wheat threshing, broom making, spinning and weaving. 502-527-9244

4 Snake Tales Buckley Wildlife, Woodford Co. Sanctuary. Jim Harrison from the Miami Valley Serpentarium will bring several species of reptiles. 606-873-5711

4-10 Southern Kentucky Fair Bowling Green, Lampkin Park. Rides, games, horse show, tractor pull and various vehicle competitions. 502-782-0800

4, 11, 18, 25 Chautauqua Frankfort. Musicians, actors, humorists and speakers from across the Commonwealth! 502-227-7430

5-11 Emancipation Celebration Paducah. Entertainment, parade, picnic and history displays commemorate the day the word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the Paducah area in 1864. 502-444-6583

7-10 Sacajawea Festival Cloverport. The festival honors the Shoshone Indian girl who served as interpreter for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Includes contests, entertainment, flea market, parade and fireworks. 502-788-6789

8-10 Big Hill Mountain Bluegrass Festival Berea. 606-965-2163

8-11 NIBROC Festival Corbin. Parade, pig roast, contests and lots of free entertainment. 800-528-6390

9-10 Celebration! Burnside, Pulaski Co. A city-wide festival with a little something for everybody! Arts, crafts, rides, a parade, a pageant and a fireworks show. This 2-day party also has a car show, clogging and line dancing, magic shows, great food, bands, a 5K run and a golf tournament! 606-561-4113

9-10 Lone Star World Championship Rodeo Somerset. IPRA-sanctioned competition in six events. Also chuckwagon races, clowns, riding monkeys and free children's pony rides. 606-799-2345

10 Cecilia Day Hardin Co. Parade, contests, music, crafts and barbecued chicken. 502-765-4308

10 Fredonia Summer Festival Buddy Rodgers Park, Caldwell Co. Great Music, good food and games for all ages. 502-545-3337

10 Muhlenburg Co. Antique & Classic Car Show Greenville. 502-525-6277

10-11 Shaker Village Craft Fair Shaker Village, Harrodsburg. A juried event. 606-734-5411

11 Nicholas Co. Car Show Carlisle. 606-289-7582

12-18 Laurel Co. Homecoming Levi Jackson State Park. Includes a parade, flea market, contests and an antique car show. 606-843-7738

13 "Homecoming" Land Between The Lakes. This event brings former residents back for a day of picnicking and reminiscing. 502-898-2524

14-18 Hunter/Jumper Show Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. 606-266-6937

Mid --KidsFirst Expo Lexington, Heritage Hall. More than 70 exhibits for children of all ages. Entertainment, crafts and more. 606-299-0411

15-18 US-127 450-Mile Outdoor Sale Residents set up roadside stands all along scenic and historic US-127 from Covington, KY to Gadsden, AL. 606-491-0458

15-19 Kentucky Bluegrass Festival Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. 606-266-6937

15-25 93rd Kentucky State Fair Louisville, KY Fair & Exposition Center. The "Pride of Kentucky" draws more than 600,000 people with attractions from rooster crowing contests and racing pigs to the Kentucky State Fair "Thrillway" and top-name concerts, 502-367-5180. Highlights include the World's Championship Horse Show, one of the most important American Saddlebred events in the U.S. 502-367-5000

16-17 Gospel Homecoming Falmouth. 606-472-7027

16-18 Country Peddler Show Lexington, Heritage Hall. Baskets, tins, herbal arrangements, pottery. 606-423-2421

16-18 Pioneer Days Festival Harrodsburg. Founded in 1774, the first permanent settlement west of the Alleghenies celebrates with square dancing, clogging, crafts and a car show. 606-734-2365

17 A Midsummer Night's Run Lexington. Includes a 5K run and family activities. 606-275-6665

17 Simpson Co. Antique & Quilt Show Franklin High School. The show features a wide range of antiques, from rustic to fine English, plus a large display of antique quilts. The Southern Kentucky Antique Car Show & Craft Fair, downtown square, features 100 antique cars, crafts and a street dance Friday evening. 502-586-5597

17-18 3rd Sunday August Celebration Sulphur Well Park, Metcalfe Co. Barbecue, gospel music and crafts. 502-565-1621

17-18 Blue Licks Celebration Blue Licks State Park. The last battle of the American Revolution is remembered with a 1782 encampment and re-enactment. Also crafts, music and pioneer demonstrations. 606-289-5507

17-18 Cave Country Arts & Crafts Fair Cave City, Convention Center. 502-773-2659

17-18 Woodland Art Fair Lexington, Woodland Park. One of the state's largest art fairs with 150 juried artists. 606-254-7024

21-25 Hunter/Jumper Show Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. A second full week of competition featuring the $25,000 Kentucky Grand Prix. 606-266-6937

23-25 Hot August Blues & Barbecue Festival Kenlake State Park. Enjoy blues and barbecue on the shores of Kentucky Lake. 502-474-2211

23-25 Junction City Railroad Days Boyle Co. A railroader's reunion with exhibits, contests, parade and entertainment. 606-854-3427

23-25 Kentucky Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Expo Falmouth. Exhibits and seminars. 606-654-4189

24 Founder's Day Eddyville, Lyon Co. Arts and crafts, food booths, parade and entertainment. 800-355-3885

24 Russell Co. Gospel Singing 502-866-6648

24-25 Branstetter Park Festival & Homecoming Summer Shade, Metcalfe Co. Includes horseshoe and checker tournaments, crafts and country, bluegrass and gospel music. 502-428-2853

25 Founder's Day Mammoth Cave National Park. A day to commemorate the birthday in 1916 of the National Park Service. 502-758-2251

29-Sept 1 Swift Silver Mine Festival Campton, Wolfe Co. Parades, crafts and entertainment. 606-668-6177

30-Sept 1 Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival Winchester, College Park. Street dance, antiques, crafts, concerts and fireworks. 606-744-0556

30-Sept 2 All-Arabian Combined Classic I & II Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. 606-299-8225

30-Sept 2 Breathitt Co. Honey Festival Jackson. More than 90 arts and crafts booths, food, parade, 10K run, bed race and country music showdown. 606-666-7414

30-Sept 2 Florence Y'All Festival Boone Co. Arts and crafts, music, parade and fireworks. 606-371-5491

30-Sept 2 Labor Day Celebration Paducah. Celebrate the holiday with a flea market, good food, parade and political rhetoric. 502-554-3854

30-Sept 2 Labor Day Weekend at the Parks Join the state parks to celebrate the holiday and bid farewell to summer with a fun-filled weekend of special activities and entertainment. 800-255-PARK

31 Monroe Co. Watermelon Festival Tompkinsville. Enjoy all the traditional festival favorites including largest watermelon and best decorated watermelon contests, Rolley-Hole marble tournament, greased watermelon and seed spittin' contests. Good food, good music, and family fun round out this seasonal favorite. 502-487-5504

31-Sept 2 Kentucky Open & Off-Road Triathlon Carrollton, Ski Butler. These mountain bike state championships include cross-country, slalom, hill climb and time trials. 502-484-2998

Late --Picnic with the Pops Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park. The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra provides an entertaining program under the stars. 606-233-3565

Late --Picnic in the Park Madisonville City Park, Hopkins Co. Symphony music and a lakeside setting make for a perfect evening of entertainment. 502-821-3435

Courtesy
Kentucky Department Of Travel Development
Call 1-800-225-TRIP
For Information



Visit Kentucky's Official Vacation Guide Page At
http://www.state.ky.us/tour/tour/htm



Home | Covers | Story | Things | Contents | Index | Samples | Genealogy

Features | Books | Historical Societies | Sale | Links | Hot | Subscriptions