Heritage Festival starts Friday

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By Kathy Lynch

The First Annual Taylorsville Kentucky Heritage Festival will be taking place this weekend along Historic Main Street. 

With all the events planned, there is sure to be something for everyone. Folks attending can count on enjoying music, arts and crafts, history, a civil war camp, food and, of course, gourds.

Coordinator John Shircliffe is hoping this will be the first of many Kentucky Heritage Fesitvals to come.

“We are planting seeds,” said Shircliffe in regards to the event becoming a tradition for Taylorsville.

The fun kicks off Friday with country, folk and bluegrass music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is sure to get everyone in a festive mood for the weekend.

Most Saturday events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and go until 6 p.m., such as:  Louisville Artisans Guild Show, the Gourd Gathering at the Sanctuary, Main Street Arts Fair, Civil War Camp at the Polk House, Kids Play Area, Antique Tractor Show and History Display.

Enjoy the Historic Society Walking Tour which leaves from the information tent at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

There will even be an opportunity to get a taste of some down - South literature, as Marlene Mitchell will be on hand signing her book, “The Women of Magnolia.”

Spencer County Sheriff’s department reports Main Street will be closed to traffic from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and Main Cross will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday to noon on Sunday.

So for those who would rather ride than walk, there will be a tractor pulling a trailer between the Polk House and the Sanctuary. The shuttle will be available all day Saturday,  so just hitch a ride along the way to enjoy all the different happenings.

And to add to the excitement, The Sanctuary will be celebrating their grand-opening also on Saturday.

For more information, call Shircliffe or Willow Sullivan at 477-1500 or visit their Web site at www.taylorsvilletourism.com / www.spencercountyky.gov.