Community Events

  • Homegrown + homemade

    Most people, when they think of the county fair, think of monster trucks and amusement rides, beauty pageants and rodeos, carnival games and cotton candy.

    For the traditionalists, though, it’s also about agriculture and what used to be called “home economics.”

    They are the ones who arrived at the Nelson County Fairgrounds Sunday night and Monday morning bearing jars of beets and peaches and homemade dresses, even cabbages and bales of hay, to fill Samuels Hall, where farm items are exhibited and judged.

  • Learning confidence and communication

    Crowded around mirrors, makeup boxes and hair products, contestants for Monday’s Miss Nelson County Fair pageant were applying mascara, teasing hair and straightening their swimwear with just 30 minutes left to showtime.

    “I’m pretty confident about it, but it’s still kind of scary,” said Jordan Berry of walking across the stage in her one-piece suit. For Berry, it was the first pageant she’d done since she was a small child.

  • First Baptist Church hosts block party for neighbors

    Who knew sharing one’s faith could be such fun?

    At First Baptist Church’s “first annual” block party Saturday, Sea-Air Cooper engaged in a water balloon fight with other kids, took her little sister and cousin to get flavored ices and listened to a Gideon, Brother John Caleb King-Maddox, who was giving away pocket-sized New Testaments.

    “I plan to read it every night before bedtime,” she said, and “give them to my friends and tell them about Jesus.”

  • 2017 Nelson County Fair starts Monday

    Lights, sounds and laughter will be returning to the fairgrounds this week as the 2017 Nelson County Fair officially kicks off Monday.

    Tagged by organizers as “old-fashioned fun,” this year’s fair brings back the crowd favorites, from rides and games, to unique competitions and agricultural displays.

    The fair will begin with the opening of the midway at 6 p.m. Monday. Monday’s competition event will be ATV and dirt bike racing at 7 p.m.

  • Sound, music and nature explored through SONICBernheim event

    Sunday evening at Bern-heim focused less on enjoying the sights of the forest and more on enjoying the sounds as guests attended this year’s SONICBernheim event. The three-and-a-half-hour performance and lecture series is a highlight for Bernheim’s summer programs, and brought a unique experience for visitors beyond walking the trails.

  • Breast cancer fundraiser brings survivors together

    Ellen Lydian has struggled with cancer since 1997. Over the past two decades, she has gone through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell treatments. Now, she’s cancer-free.

    But others continue to live with breast cancer, so Lydian sourced donations from local businesses and held a fundraiser at St. Monica Church Saturday afternoon. It included a silent auction, a bra decorating station and a table with candles for those who had lost their own battles.

  • Be Our Guest

    Crosby Andrew loves Belle’s flared yellow dress, but according to him, she isn’t his favorite princess. His mom is.

    Andrew and other children drank tea, ate cakes and posed with Belle, played by Nicole Bloom, at the Be Our Guest Tea Party Sunday afternoon. The tea party ended the first week of the Stephen Foster Drama Association’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Bloom said opening weekend was a success, bolstered in part by Disney’s live-action remake of the animated original.

  • Award-winning band from London to perform Friday

    The Frontier Band will will perform at this week’s edition of the Edward Jones Summer Band Concert Series at Bardstown Community Park Friday at 7 p.m.

    Frontier is a band from London, Ky., that delights audiences with upbeat melodies and swelling three-part harmonies. The band includes Ethan Worley (rhythm and lead guitar, vocals and songwriter) his brother, Andrew Worley (rhythm and lead guitar, vocals and songwriter) and their cousin, Caleb Caudill (bass guitar and vocals).

  • PHOTOS: Sixth annual Ag Day draws a crowd

    Despite the heat, the fairgrounds were populated Saturday for the sixth annual Nelson County Agriculture Day. Guests walked around to several informational booths, painted rocks to hide, watched a herding demonstration, interacted with livestock and admired farm equipment and farmscapes, which took hours to set up and years to collect. Several area teens also competed in a talent competition and a public speaking competition.

  • Bourbon City Street Concert brings local favorites, new acts

    They came by the hundreds, bringing lawn chairs, beach balls, and, for some, earplugs. They rode in on the backs of trucks and lined the streets until the early morning.