Don’t miss the Chamber breakfast, farmers market at Harvest Showcase

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By Steve Moore

We hope you can make it out to the Henry County Fairgrounds this Saturday for the annual Henry County Harvest Showcase and lunch at the farmers market.  Officially from 9 am to 2 pm, you’ll find nice things to see and do before and after those times. If you arrive very early, you’ll be able to have a great country ham breakfast (local food) at the Chamber of Commerce kitchen (proceeds go to the Chamber for their projects and activities). 

Once the farmers market and all the local vendors begin selling fresh local produce and local crafts at 9 a.m., you can purchase great food and crafts (proceeds go to these fine local vendors and that will help keep Henry County a well farmed countryside). From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you could have a great time visiting extra activities and demonstrations too.  A duck herding demonstration by Australian Shepherd dogs, a horseshoeing demonstration, the Top Chicken and Rooster competition, a ‘kiss the pig’ event, a milking demonstration, a celebrity milking contest, a big kids’ game area and a farm animal petting zoo should keep the senses awake. That doesn’t even count the big antique tractor and equipment demonstration (have you ever seen a front unloading manure spreader?) and the continuous entertainment under the big tent!

The lunch at the farmers market will offer several choices of vendors and groups, serving up food items and meats grown and raised in Henry County. I have it on good authority that you’ll be able to top it off with a cup of ice cream (with local strawberries, peaches or blueberries) served by the Rotary Club (proceeds go to Henry County and Eminence youth as college scholarships). 

After all this comes to a close, the after-party starts with an Antique Tractor Pull. 

This entire day at the Henry County Harvest Showcase has become a great time to come and chat with neighbors and friends, make new friends, and celebrate the rural heritage we enjoy in Henry County.  We still brag that this is the largest free, all-agriculture event in the state and after 13 successful years, no one has challenged our claim!  Note I said free.  No admission fee.  Bring the whole family.  You don’t have to spend a dime, but if you do, remember that it all goes to Henry County farmers, businesses and organizations, and will continue to benefit our local economy in many ways.

Forage/beef field day

Cattle producers should mark 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, for a dandy Forage and Beef Cattle Field Day.  The state’s Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council field day will be in our area, hosted at Rivercrest Farm on Mayo Lane, just off U.S. 42 near Goshen and Prospect.  The farm is owned by Caldwell Willig, and you may remember our Regional Cattleman’s Field Day was held there a few years ago. 

Rivercrest Farm has focused on development of their forage potential for several years now.  They have installed pastures with Eastern Gamagrass, Bermuda grass, and BMR Sudan Hybrid to supplement cool season pastures such as fescue, orchardgrass, red clover and alfalfa.  They also have a pasture poultry operation, developing and marketing fryers.

A sponsored meal is planned, so please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 to reserve your spot and to get additional information.