many family activities
Monarchs' to play
Friday night concert
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2004) The 18 dedicated members of the
Oldham County Project Guild spend close to a year planning each Oldham
County Day celebration. The guild is responsible for organizing the
parade, booth set-up for local businesses and food vendors, scheduling
musical entertainment, and ensuring that all who attend can have a
by Don Ward
find many bargains at vendor
booths along Main Street in La Grange.
The guild, now in its 40th year, instituted Oldham County Day in
1971, and the event has steadily grown over the years. It is
a good event for the community, said vice president and Oldham
County Day chairperson Melissa Hancock. Originally begun as a one-day
social get-together for the community, it has expanded to include
many events in the preceding week.
Activities kick off on July 10-11 with the 2004 Oldham County Championship
Golf Tournament, held at the Oldham County Country Club in Buckner.
This Tournament is open to males 18 and over, and participants must
be Oldham County residents. A registration fee of $75 includes a cart
and awards for each flight, with registration ending Friday, July
2 at 12 noon. Tee times begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10, and 1
p.m. Sunday, July 11.
A Grand Marshals Luncheon is scheduled for noon on Tuesday,
July 13. This years honoree is James L. Jim Hannah,
former Oldham County Chamber of Commerce president, businessman and
civic-minded resident of La Grange.
Hannahs contributions to the county include installation of
a 911 system, a yearly business fair, bringing businesses such as
the Cracker Barrel restaurant to La Grange, organizing Leadership
Oldham County and instituting a successful Economic Development Foundation.
His passion for the economic growth of the county aided him in guiding
the chamber through its formulative years. Tickets are $10 per person
for the luncheon, held at the John W. Black Community Center.
Athletic activities play a big part in Oldham County Day events. A
mile run and 5K walk run will be held Friday, July 16, for the annual
Oldham County Festival Race. The YMCA, Crestwood Baptist Church and
the Applepatch Community will sponsor this event.
by Don Ward
Oldham County High School band
performs in the parade at last year's event.
Peggy Kilgore, director of the Oldham County YMCA, said this is the
26th year for this race. It will start and finish at the Covenant
United Methodist Church, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Registration is $15
if made by July 12, and $20 thereafter.
This race is the second leg of the Oldham County Grand Slam. Kilgore
said she enjoys handling this race, which the YMCA took over nine
years ago. Everybody is welcome to participate. Her goal is to get
Festivities for Oldham County Day will begin the following day on
July 17 with an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10
a.m. The La Grange Rotary Club sponsors this breakfast, held at the
DeHaven Baptist Church.
One of the main staples of the day is the parade, which begins at
10 a.m. The theme for the parade is Investing in the Future,
said Hancock. A variety of musical performers will entertain all day,
and returning favorites include Living Statues, a couple dressed in
period clothing who assume mannequin-like poses for extended lengths
of time, the Kentuckiana Square Dance Association, and local community
and church bands. Family games are scheduled to begin at noon, and
trolley transportation is provided. A Pipe Smoking Contest will be
held at 1 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.
The 2004 USSSA D Qualifier Softball Tourna-ment will be
held July 17 to coincide with Oldham County Day. Class D
Teams are invited to participate in this double elimination tournament.
A $150 per team registration fee is due by noon July 14. The winning
team will receive a paid berth to the USSSA Great Lakes Tournament.
The Dancin in the Streets on Friday, July 16, is
always a crowd pleaser. The Monarchs will perform at this event, which
takes place on the Second Street Stage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Patrons
are encouraged to participate and bring lawn chairs.
An additional Saturday night concert was begun last year and was so
successful that the same band will return. Oldham County Day will
wind down with LYVE, performing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. This bands
repertoire includes a variety of music, from older country to classic
Hancock, an 18-year member of the guild, said organizers begin planning
in November for the next years celebration. They divide into
committees and use their experience to make sure they have planned
an event where the entire community can come together and have
a good time.
Annual Oldham County Day Events Schedule
Tournament. At Oldham County Country Club. $75 per person.
Includes two-day cart and green fee. Must be males 18 and older.
Contact Tim Curtis at Oldham County Parks and Recreation for
registration information. (502) 222-0655. Or pick up entry forms
at Oldham County Country Club. Deadline to register is noon
on July 2.
Tuesday, July 13
Noon: Grand Marshal Luncheon. Honoring Jim Hannah at the
John W. Black Convention Center, Buckner. Tickets $10. (502)
Friday, July 16
7:15 p.m.: 26th Annual Festival Race 5K run/walk. Starting
at the Covenant Methodist Church. Sponsored by Pearce Ready
Mix Concrete Co. Coordinated by the YMCA Oldham County. (502)
Saturday, July 17
7-10 a.m.: All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast. DeHaven Baptist
Church Life Center. Coordinated by La Grange Rotary Club.
10 a.m.: Parade through Downtown La Grange. Floats lined
up by 9 a.m. and judged at 9:30 a.m. at La Grange Elementary.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Arts and Crafts Fair. Dairy Queen Parking
10 a.m. - dusk: Picnic area open to public. Oldham County
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Childrens Carnival. La Grange
Christian Church. North First Street.
Noon: Family Games. Courthouse Lawn.
1 p.m.: Pipe Smoking Contest, Courthouse Lawn.
U.S.S.S.A. Class D State Softball Qualifier. (502) 225-0655.
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Free Trolley Transportation. Oldham
Plaza to Courthouse Square.
Sunday, July 18
7 a.m.: Clean-up! Everyone Welcome! Free Coffee and Donuts!
p.m.: 15th Annual Dancin in the Streets.
Featuring The Monarchs. At the Second Street stage. Sponsored
by the City of La Grange.
Saturday, July 17:
8-10 a.m.: Beulah Land Baptist Church singers, History Center
11-12:30: Oldham Co. H.S. Football Team Auction,
East Lawn Stage.
11-Noon.: Rock-N-Country Band, Second Street Stage.
11-2 p.m.: Living Statues, Courthouse Lawn.
Noon-1 p.m.: Crestwood Baptist Church Band, Second Street
Noon-1:15 p.m.: Oldham County Singers, Courthouse Steps
1-2 p.m.: Oldham County Community Band, Courthouse Lawn.
1:45 p.m-2:45 p.m.: American Pride Cloggers, Second Street
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Rebels at Heart, East Lawn Stage.
p.m.: Kentuckiana Square Dance Association,
Second Street Stage.
7-11 p.m.: Dancin In the Street. Featuring band
LYVE on the Second Street Stage.
All day: Corn Grinder at the History Center Museum Back
For more information on Oldham County Day, call publicity
chairperson Betty Miller at (502) 222-2266.
During Oldham County Day, information, maps and booth
listings may be obtained at the Project Guild Information Booth,
located in the courthouse lawn.
County Day map.
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