Campbellsburg Day to go full steam ahead

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By Christopher Brooke


Campbellsburg officials have planned a big city celebration June 21, but opening the community center has been separated from this event.

Campbellsburg Day will proceed full-steam ahead with a full day of activities, including entertainment by bands, dancers, and even a magician; an 11:30 a.m. parade with Henry County’s Ally Vaughn as grand marshal; a silent auction to raise funds for the community center; a cruise-in car show; a motorcycle show presented by the Louisville Chapter of the Chrome Divas; a cornhole tournament; pet adoptions; balloons and face painting; and arts and crafts vendors. 

“I think 2010 was the last time there was ever a Campbellsburg Day,” said Andrea Johnson, the city’s recreation director. “Come out and celebrate with us. Help us bring back Campbellsburg Day.

“It’s a festival to give back, for people to come out, celebrate and have a day of fun for all of us.”

But the opening of the community center had to be pushed back, according to Mayor Rex Morgan. Several elements of the community center need to be finished before it can open, including finishing the train-themed playground, building, pouring the sidewalks, installing fencing and handrails.

Workers became aware of debris buried underground when they tried to drill to install the playground equipment but kept hitting steel, Morgan said. Those obstructions got dug up so work could proceed.

While the city officials and Campbellsburg Day organizers hoped that the community center would house some of the activities, the mayor said they prefer not to rush the work but do it right.

The goal of both Campbellsburg Day and the community center is to foster a sense of community, Johnson said.

Seeing how much effort Johnson has put in to make the event a success has lifted the spirits of those involved, Morgan said.  Providing the community with this big celebration was one of the reasons the city added the recreation director’s position, along with overseeing the community center and park.

Campbellsburg Day had taken different forms in the past, but with this revival, Morgan wanted to make sure that attendees get to enjoy a quality event.

“I want it new and improved,” Morgan said about Campbellsburg Day. “I want it to have consistency and the best way to do that is to have the same person coordinating it each time, and that is going to be one of Andrea’s main functions.”

Officials designed the community center to provide services to a wide array of citizens from children to seniors with the goal of bringing more traffic to the downtown area.

When it opens, the community center will be available for rental for baby showers and birthdays, Johnson said. The center will host recreational opportunities for children through seniors and will partner with Henry County Library to have resources for children.

Possibilities include hosting things like CPR classes, health fairs, seniors programs and movie nights.

That way, the community center can do the most good for the most people.

“The more we keep the doors open and have activities and functions going on, the more I’ll like it,” Morgan said. “We’re just trying to get the community center open, so we can start scheduling events — it’s just going to be a little bit longer.”

The many Campbellsburg Day activities begin at 10 a.m. when the arts and crafts vendors will start displaying their work and a silent auction inside city hall. All proceeds from a silent auction will go to support the Campbellsburg Community Center.

“I want it to be a really big day, so whatever proceeds we raise will go to helping our kids and our seniors,” Johnson said. 

After the arts and crafts vendors open up at 10 a.m., the entertainment will begin with Cincinnati’s Zahara and the Dance Troupes at 10:30 a.m. and continue through out the day with a variety of acts.

Also featured will be a cruise-in car show will take place starting at 12:30 p.m. behind the United Citizens Bank.

Register before noon for the corn hole tournament behind the old Cooks building.

The Chrome Divas of Louisville Chapter will present a motorcycle show on Travis Drive with trophies and ribbons in seven categories. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The Henry/Trimble Animal Shelter will host pet adoptions.


• For more information, call Johnson at (502) 532-0300 or e-mail ajohnson@cityofcampbellsburg.org.