Music, food and fun on 7/30

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By Maryellen Garrison

A full schedule of music, food and fun awaits you at the 12th Annual Harvest Showcase and Lunch at the Farmers Market! The event will be held on Saturday, July 30, and the best part is that it is free and open to the public at the Henry County Kentucky Fairgrounds located on U.S. 421 between New Castle and Pleasureville. The musical entertainment will feature Music ‘N a Box with special guest Patrick Henry Hughes and Rob Cox. The Country Kickers Line Dancers will perform at 1 p.m. and there will be a horseshoeing demonstration at 10:30 by Mike Radcliff. Also this year will be the Antique Tractor Pull starting at 4 p.m.

Breakfast is being provided by the Chamber of Commerce and will open at 7:30 and will be served until 11 a.m. or it is gone! You can enjoy a locally grown lunch under the shade of the Big Tent. Local chefs will be preparing tasty dishes from local produce, and we have some mighty fine Henry County cooks including Wendell and Ernestine Thomas of Fall City Smokers Competition Barbecue Team from Smithfield. They are members of the National Barbecue Association and have been featured on the Food Network and won a number of awards! We will also be featuring beef fresh off the Henry County Cattleman’s Association grill, the Henry County Band, and the Smoke Doctors will also be serving great brisket meals. There will also be homemade ice cream from the Stiver’s farm and homemade desserts from a group of ladies from a local church.

Local crafters will be hosting booths where you can purchase that special gift you need. This event will hold lots of appeal for children who will enjoy the old-time games sponsored by the FFA, visiting the Livestock Pavilion and milking Kentucky Kate. There will be farm fresh produce, hay, straw, flowers and much more, including a Corn Eating Contest, and the Antique Tractor Show and games will start at 10 a.m.

There will also be a meeting of a newly forming Regional Farmers group sponsored by Henry County Farmers at 1 p.m. This event is a grassroots attempt to promote the agricultural economy to local residents and also an opportunity to reach out to our city neighbors and help them to reconnect with the land. Last year there were more than 4,000 in attendance from Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Trimble, Jefferson, Fayette, Owen, Franklin, and Mercer counties in Kentucky, and also vehicles from Indiana and Ohio.

Don’t miss this day of great family fun. Come celebrate our rural community with us! For more information contact the Henry County Extension Office at 502-845-2811. Display space is available free to Henry County farmers, Henry County crafters and Henry County agricultural business people, and also to non-profits providing service in Henry County. If you would like a spot contact Bonnie Cecil at 532-0230. If your business would like to be listed as a sponsor call 845-2811.

Current sponsors include: Cook’s Pharmacy, Foree Animal Clinic, Hawkins Farm Center, Henry County Farm Bureau Federation, Henry County Animal Clinic PLLC, Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Henry County Diversification, Henry County Extension Service, Henry County Supply, Homestead Nursing Center and Twin Oaks Assisted Living, Lucas Monument Co. Inc, Nanny’s Childcare and Learning Center, PBI Bank, Royal Station Farm, Safety- Kleen, Sholar Funeral Home, Truman Trucking, United Citizens Bank, Wright Small Engines, and L.A. Yount Haying Equipment.

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