Community Events

  • Bovine dynamite

    One after another, cowboys were being tossed like rag dolls by the raging bulls as soon as they were out of the gate.

    “The bulls are winning tonight,” the announcer said, as rodeo clowns and barrelmen worked to distract the angry animals from the fallen cowboys. “How about our bullfighters out there, dancing with the devil? Two thousand pounds of bovine dynamite!”

  • County fair is local talent on display


    The rides and games at the Nelson County Fair provide the flashing lights and squeals of excitement, but tucked inside Samuels Hall is another longtime tradition of most county fairs that hearken back to the traditional agrarian roots of the annual event.

    The 4-H and open class exhibits in Samuels Hall showcase the abilities of entrants in such varied areas as quilting, antiques and photography. Some of the more popular categories include food preservation and horticulture.

  • Anniversary Mass celebrates community, family, faith

    For 200 years, St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral has stood as a symbol of community, family and faith. As people gathered Saturday to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of St. Joseph Cathedral, many of those in attendance for the ceremony spoke of those values.

  • 2016 Nelson County Fair public speaking and talent contest results

    The seventh annual Nelson County Fair Public Speaking and Talent Contests  were held Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Nelson County Fair Pavilion in Bardstown Kentucky.  The Nelson County Farm Bureau (NCFB) Women's Committee organized the contests. NCFB  sponsored over $900 in prizes along with awarding each participant a one day pass to the Nelson County Fair scheduled for the following week July 18th through the 23rd. 

  • Nelson County Fair kicks off next week

    The scent of cotton candy, funnel cakes and corn dogs will once again fill the air as the Nelson County Fair returns to town. From pageants and shows to concerts and races, there will be plenty of activities for children of all ages to enjoy during the festivities. The annual event will begin tonight, with the baby contest at 6 p.m. and the Miss Nelson County pageant following at 7:30.


    JD Shelburn performed for residents, families and guests at Colonial Health and Rehab last week as a benefit to help send seniors on vacation. This year a select group from Bardstown will go to Virginia Beach, along with residents from Spencer County.

  • Ag Day, an annual event, promotes agriculture to community

    A week before the fair was due to start, the Nelson County Fairgrounds were buzzing with life — both human and animal.

    In its fifth year, Nelson County Agriculture Day began as a way to better expose the community to ag-related ideas and activities, including education on where food originates and why agriculture is important.

  • Weekend march draws passionate crowd

    Carrying signs that read, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!,” “#LostLivesMATTER,” and “Black Lives Matter” about 40 people marched through downtown Bardstown Sunday afternoon chanting, “We want justice. We want peace.”

    The march was to bring attention to the recent fatal police shootings of black men, such as Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The march also brought attention to the shooting of Dallas police, which left five officers dead and seven others injured.

  • A Bardstown Saturday night

    North Third Street was packed Saturday as the 2016 Bourbon City Street Concert brought in a huge crowd.

    “It was probably the largest crowd we’ve ever had down there,” said Lisanna Byrd, executive director of the Bardstown Main Street Program.

    The free and open concert started about 13 years ago and has featured performances by locals and out-of-towners. This year’s performance was a first in Kentucky for Glen Templeton, who headlined the show.

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road

    Instead of “Oh! Susanna” or “Beautiful Dreamer,” the sounds of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “The Jitterbug” blasted from the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre on Thursday night as the Stephen Foster Drama Association had its opening night for its secondary show ‘The Wizard of Oz.”

    The musical opened to an audience of hundreds, despite stormy weather passing through the county shortly before the performance began.