Oldham County Day

Annual event features
many family activities

'The Monarchs' to play
Friday night concert

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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 good time.

Oldham County Day shoppers

Photo by Don Ward

Shoppers 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 Marshal’s Luncheon is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, July 13. This year’s honoree is James L. “Jim” Hannah, former Oldham County Chamber of Commerce president, businessman and civic-minded resident of La Grange.
Hannah’s 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.

Oldham County band

Photo by Don Ward

The 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 people moving.”
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 band’s repertoire includes a variety of music, from older country to classic rock.
Hancock, an 18-year member of the guild, said organizers begin planning in November for the next year’s 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.”

34th Annual Oldham County Day Events Schedule

Sat.-Sun., July 10-11
Golf 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) 222-1517.

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) 222-9358.

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 Lot.
10 a.m. - dusk: Picnic area open to public. Oldham County History Center.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Children’s 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! Courthouse Lawn.

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, July 16:
8-11 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 Porch.
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 Stage.
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 Stage.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Rebels at Heart,
East Lawn Stage.
-5 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 Lawn.

• 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.


Oldham County Day map

Oldham County Day map.

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