Community Events

  • Former Field of Terror gets a friendly makeover

    In an effort to reach a new audience, an FFA Autumn Fest will serve as this year’s fall activity to raise funds for the Nelson County and Thomas Nelson high school FFA chapters, replacing the long running “Field of Terror.”

    “We wanted to shift our focus to be more educational, and we noticed over the years there were a lot of families that were wanting to come to a farm-type atmosphere,” said agriculture teacher John Hammond. “We decided it would be best to really try to reach that demographic.”

  • Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair is this weekend

    Offering everything from candies and soaps to handcrafted woodwork, jewelry and sports-themed décor, the 37th Bardstown Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair is likely to having “something for everyone.” The annual event, which draws thousands of visitors each year, will be held this Saturday and Sunday.

    “You can get an early jump on holiday shopping,” said Lisanna Byrd, executive director of the Bardstown Main Street Program, referencing the variety of items for purchase.

  • Bourbon Chase runners will be on area roads this weekend

    Motorists should use caution this weekend as participants for the annual Bourbon Chase relay event will be on Nelson County roadways.

    The 200-mile relay race, which stretches the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, could see more than 4,000 runners, many running for charities.

    The race will begin Friday at Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, and travel through Bardstown and on to Maker’s Mark, eventually ending in Lexington.

  • Flaget Health Fair fosters fitness

    Mary Jo Bartley held three big tote bags filled with freebies as she made her way along the covered sidewalk.

    “It’s like trick-or-treating for adults!” she said. “It’s fun. You meet friends and you see old friends and you get lots of good stuff.”

    Bartley was one of the hundreds who attended the sixth annual Flaget Community Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by the local hospital and its parent company, Kentucky-One Health.

  • St. Michael to celebrate 225 years Sunday

    In 1792, George Washington was elected to a second term as president, Kentucky became our 15th state, and the church that is now St. Michael the Archangel in Fairfield was established as the third Catholic church west of the Allegheny Mountains.

    This Sunday, Oct. 1, the little parish will celebrate its 225th anniversary.

    The Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, will preside over the liturgical service, just as he did for the 220th in 2012.

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Sept. 24, 2017

    Nelson County Democratic Party
    The Nelson County Democratic Party will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Suzy Q’s Restaurant, 607 W. Stephen Foster Ave., in Bardstown. There will be discussion on upcoming events and plans for programming this fall. All interested Democrats are welcome to attend. Contact Audrey Haydon with questions at (502) 558-4961 or audrey.haydon@gmail.com.
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  • Buffalo Trace takes team wins in Bourbon Barrel Relay

    Teammates were hugging and high-fiving as they caught their breath and wiped away sweat Saturday afternoon. With a time of –45.44, Buffalo Trace Distillery walked away with an impressive and steep win in the men’s team division of the 2017 World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay.

    The achievement rounded out a competitive performance for the Frankfort-based distillery, following a first-place win from the women’s team with a time of -13.62.

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Sept. 17, 2017

    Nelson County NAACP
    The Nelson County Branch of NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Roy Henry Education Center, (campus of the First Baptist Church), 315 N. Second St., in Bardstown. All committee chairpersons and Executive Committee members will meet before the regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the same location to review plans for the State Convention.

    Nelson County Fiscal Court
    Nelson County Fiscal Court will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.

  • All-Star Sampler gets visitors in the Bourbon Festival mood

    While not technically the opening event, Wednesday night’s Kentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler tends to be the first major event that really gets visitors in that Kentucky Bourbon Festival mood.

    St. Louis native Bud Waters is a big fan of bourbon and was making his first trip to KBF, joining friends from Bullitt County who had been telling him about the festival for years, imploring him to visit.

  • Bourbon Compass celebrates the addition of five new distilleries

    Bourbon is growing rapidly, and that was evident Wednesday when five distilleries were added to the Bourbon Compass in front of the Welcome Center during a ceremony celebrating the new additions.

    Two of them are in Bardstown — Preservation Distillery near New Haven Road and the Bluegrass Parkway, and Lux Row Distillers on John Rowan Boulevard. The others are Rabbit Hole Distillers in Louisville, Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville and Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort.