A Bardstown Saturday night

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Concert packs Third Street

By Kacie Goode

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.

“The entertainment felt very welcomed here in Bardstown,” Byrd said. “I think they were super excited to be a part of it.”

Though it was difficult to get an exact count, Byrd said she noticed several visiting guests from out of town. And from speaking with those who had set up year after year, it was an enjoyable event.

“Everybody that I talked to thoroughly enjoyed all the entertainment and how great everybody was,” she said. “And it was a magical night for me,” because it was her first big event as the new director.

“I was able to sit back and see everybody enjoying themselves and having fun and putting on a show for the community,” she said.

The concert, sponsored by Jim Beam and Your Community Bank, opened with Carly Moffa of Nashville. Second in the lineup was Dillon Carmichael, originally from Kentucky but currently living in Nashville, followed by Andrew Scott Newton of Bardstown.

In addition to the performances, Bardstown Rotary Club, Bourbon City Dogs, Old Kentucky Kettlecorn and Kona Ice were set up, and some of the downtown merchants were also open for business.

Byrd credited committee members and volunteers for helping making the night happen.

“Everything throughout the course of the day went really smooth and everybody worked really hard,” she said. Even the weather, which had threatened rain, was clear for the duration of the show.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better night.”