We’re midway through September and headed straight for October. That can only mean one thing: the festivals are on the way.
It’s a unique time of year for many, but especially those of us in central Kentucky.
Events and holidays come and go throughout the year, but nothing has a community feel like a local festival.
In Springfield it’s the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival, while Marion County has Ham Days and Nelson County the Bourbon Festival.
For the first time in eight years, in fact, Mackville will join in the fun by reviving the Mackville Harvest Festival.
The 5K Run/Walk will kick things off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, followed by numerous competitions and a parade at 1 p.m. It’ll all lead up to the bean soup supper and live music performed in the Mackville Community Center gymnasium at 6 p.m.
It’s sure to be a good time for Mackville residents and any visitors they welcome to town, which falls right in line with what the other festivals have been able to deliver.
Ham Days and the Bourbon Festival continue to be the premiere event in their respective counties, and have gone above and beyond to provide entertainment for their local residents, as well as those in surrounding counties.
The Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival has become a staple in Springfield, but changes are on the way in the near future. City government has been weighing options for what the future might hold.
Might this be the last time Washington Countians see the Harvest Festival as they’ve known it for a number of years?
Whatever festival—or festivals—may take its place in the near future, you can be assured that the event will hold true to what it means to be a Washington County resident. Whether it’s the local agriculture, the community’s rich history or both, the personality of the local area will be represented. That should make for an event that Washington County can be (even more) proud of.
I grew up attending Ham Days in Lebanon almost yearly, so I’ve seen how much these festivals mean to people. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with those you haven’t seen in ages, as well a chance to take pride in a constantly changing community.
I’m excited to see what changes are in store for the fall festival schedule in Washington County, but I’m also excited to see Springfield host the Harvest Festival at least one more time.
Once again, Springfield’s festivities will include the Jim Beam BBQ Classic, which draws visitors near and far. It’s become a trademark of the festival and may end up being a part of Washington County tradition even after the festival takes on a new look.
No matter the county—and practically no matter the weekend—there is no shortage of entertainment on deck for the fall festival season over the next month.
I haven’t decided just yet which festivals I’ll be able to attend, but if I have my way I’ll be making the rounds to check out every event that I can.
I know I’ll make my way to Ham Days, which for me has become a chance to visit with old classmates and reminisce about the ‘good ol’ days.’
I look forward to seeing what the Harvest Festival delivers this year that’s new, while also hoping to check out what’s changed at the Bourbon Festival, where I haven’t attended in years.
At each event, however, I already know a good time awaits with a local community that always gets a little closer when this time of year rolls around.