Monday, October 15, 2018

Pilates Fit Studio in Crestwood

New Pilates studio opening in Crestwood. Their grand opening will featured specials and giveaways.

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Have you been wanting to try Pilates? Come with a friend to Pilates Fit Studio Open House and discover what it's all about.
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Where: 7109 W. Hwy 22. Crestwood, KY 40014
Duet Sessions: $30 each; Small Group Classes: $20 each.
Intro Specials, Refreshments, & Snacks. We will also have GIVEAWAYS and Chair Massages.
Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Click here to learn more about the studio and specials here:
Have questions? Call 502-797-5068

Pilates Fit Studio is Crestwood’s studio for Classical Pilates training. The studio is locally owned, fully equipped, and an Education Facility for The Pilates Center of Boulder. Our team of instructors are comprehensively certified and knowledgeable in the Authentic Method of Pilates.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families

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Here are some fun ideas for October 12-14

Support our young actors at the Oldham County Art Center production of Winnie the Pooh and the Velveteen Rabbit. Details here.

Take a step back in time! Barnyard Fun at the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn - Demonstrations/Activities at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. Cost for some activities. 10am-12pm

Covenant United Methodist Church Fall Festival Bounce houses, carnival games, hot dogs and chili, trunk or treat, car show and more! 3-7pm

Vet Academy: Working Animals at Crestwood Animal Hospital, 4:30-5:30pm

It's October, go get some pumpkins. Where? We have a list!

Check out the weekend fun in Louisville!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

LaGrange Halloween MAINia

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 photo eli walking out_zpsv8kogwev.jpgHalloween MAINia is a fun, family-friendly event held in October in Downtown LaGrange. The 2018 date is Saturday, October 27th 11am-3pm.

Families are invited to dress up in their best Halloween costumes and get treats from several of the participating area businesses.  Look for the orange pumpkin signs in the store windows, walk inside and collect treats.  Visit the tents set up outside also.  The Oldham County Public Library sets up along Main Street and has fun games to play and book characters.  There are other fun activity booths set up outside, too.

There is a costume contest beginning at 1pm.  The event organizers encourage you to register for the contest early.  It's a lot of fun to see the different costumes.  Make sure you take time to either enter the contest or watch the contenders.  There is a costume contest for your pets, too!

 photo barber shop_zpshcejndzq.jpgMy kids loved the Candy Swap Shop last year.  The Candy Swap Shop is set up inside Rainy Day Resale and is a place for children to swap their candy for different toys and trinkets.  This is great for children that might have some dietary restrictions.

If you're looking to extend your Halloween fun, downtown LaGrange also has ghost tours scheduled during October. The Spirits of LaGrange Ghost tours are recommended for children over the age of 12 and tickets can be purchased online.

Grab a cup of coffee at LaGrange Coffee Roasters and enjoy your time on Main Street.  Browse the merchandise and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants.  Halloween MAINia is a great way to support Oldham County businesses and celebrate Halloween with your family and friends.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

October Events in Oldham County!

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Sponsored by:
  Eberle Orthodontics

Recurring Events:
FREE! Oldham County Public Library has various story times and other programs at their 3 locations.
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! LaGrange Railroad Museum is open every Saturday, 10am-3pm
FREE! LaGrange Community Center YMCA has open gym, classes, games and more for Oldham County residents. Check their website and Facebook page for more information on free stuff to do.
FREE! Storytime at the Nest at St. Aloysius Catholic School in Pewee Valley 10am every Wednesday.
LaGrange Farmer's Market in Downtown LaGrange, every Saturday, 8am-1pm
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center, Thursdays 10am (10/4, 10/11, 10/25), $5
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood Preschool Family Art Classes offered on Thursday and Saturday each week.
Power & Grace Gymnastics in Prospect Open Gym Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11am
Hounds on the Ground at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood Sundays (10/7, 10/14, 10/21 & 10/28) 12-4pm
This Random World play at the Little Colonel Players in Pewee Valley. Dates: 10/5, 10/6, 10/11, 10/12 & 10/13 at 7:30pm and 10/7 & 10/14 at 2pm

Halloween Events HERE
Fall Festivals & Events HERE
Holiday Craft & Bazaar Shows HERE

October Events:
10/3: FREE! Lego Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

10/4: Wizard of Oz High Tea at Sisters Tea Parlor in Buckner, ticket fee, 6:30-8:30pm

10/4: Intro to Acrylic Painting at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, class fee, 6-9pm

10/4-6: Covenant United Methodist Church Consignment Sale in LaGrange, Thursday & Friday: 9am-2pm & 6-8pm Saturday: 8am-12pm

10/5: FREE! Author visit and book signing with Lisa McMann at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6:30pm

10/5: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

10/5: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner, 5-10pm

10/6: FREE! Unicorn Story Time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am. Sign ups online.

10/6-7: Kids Kloset Consignment Sale at Saint John UMC in Prospect, Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-1pm

10/6: Wizard of Oz High Tea at Sisters Tea Parlor in Buckner, ticket fee, 6:30-8:30pm

10/6: Paws in the Park at the North Oldham Lions Club in Goshen, 11am-2pm

10/6: An Evening of Song & Dance at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, Admission fee, 7pm

10/6: FREE! Night Sky Viewing Party at the Norton Commons Amphitheater in Prospect (Louisville), 7:30-9:30

10/10: FREE! Kindness Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

10/11-13: Winnie the Pooh and The Velveteen Rabbit at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, Admission fee. 7pm.

10/12: Kids Nite Out at the LaGrange Community Center, for ages 5-12, $10, 6-8:30pm

10/13: Barnyard Fun at the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn Demonstrations/Activities at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. Cost for some activities. 10am-12pm

10/13: FREE! Team Trivia Challenge at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. Program is for adults. 1-4pm

10/14: FREE! Vet Academy: Working Animals at Crestwood Animal Hospital, 4:30-5:30pm

10/14: FREE! IronMan Festival in Downtown LaGrange

10/17: FREE! Pokémon Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

10/20: Parent's Night Out at the Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect, 6-9:30pm

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10/23: FREE! Little Seedlings at St. Francis School in Goshen. RSVP encouraged. 10am

10/24: Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant 8th Birthday Celebration in Crestwood.

10/25: FREE! Scooby Doo Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 10am-4pm

10/25: FREE: Movies at the Library: Ant Man & the Wasp at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. Movie is for adults only. 6pm

10/26: FREE! Story Time with Bruce the Bear at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am.

10/27: Mrs. Kentucky Pageant at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 5pm

10/29: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Garment or Duffle Bag at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension in LaGrange (Buckner area), 3-8pm

Halloween Events HERE
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Kid's Kloset Consignment Sale

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This is a sponsored post.

 photo kids kloset_zps66klsuyy.jpgIt's time for the Saint John Kid's Kloset Consignment sale! We feature brand name fall and winter clothes (infant, toddler, juniors and young men’s). Shoes and accessories, nursery items, books, kids furniture/décor, toys, video games, DVDs, bikes, strollers, bedding, sports equipment, arts and crafts, school supplies and more.

You'll find lots of quality merchandise at great prices for all the kiddos on your list. In addition to all the great bargains you'll find, you'll also be shopping for a cause! The proceeds from our sale benefits children in our community, state, country and around the world. St. John Kids Kloset is dedicated to furthering the welfare and education of God’s children by whatever means necessary. We have given away over $360,000. When you shop this sale, you are making a difference!

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There are two sales each year; fall and spring.

Shop our fall/winter sale this Friday & Saturday, October 5 & 6! Friday’s hours are 9am-7pm and Saturday’s are 9am-1pm (with many items half-price that day).

The sale is located at Saint John United Methodist Church 12700 West Highway 42 Prospect, KY 40059

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Coffee Spots in Oldham County

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Open Monday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: It is located in Downtown LaGrange on Main Street amid cute boutiques, antique shops, a book store and other businesses and eateries.  They roast the coffee beans in house, have fresh, delicious, homemade scones during the week and Belgian waffles on Saturday mornings. Specialty teas are also available.  This spot has a very family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of board games to choose from or attend a Bluegrass Jam Night on Monday 6:30-8:30pm. There are a few patio tables and chairs outside to enjoy the trains that pass in front of the café.
110 East Main Street, LaGrange

Inspirational Grounds Café
Open Tuesday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: Located on the "other side" of the tracks along Old LaGrange Road in Buckner, this coffee spot is a great hidden gem in Oldham County. Try their robust espresso with a delicious breakfast plate.  Our personal favorite is the Inspired Breakfast which includes the most scrumptious German style fried potatoes.  Lunch is also available and special dinners are planned during the year.  When the weather is nice, the deck is a great place to sit with a book, warm cup of coffee and enjoy the quiet views.  The chef always comes out to talk to you, which is a nice touch to the already warm atmosphere!
4724 Old LaGrange Road, Buckner

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Open Monday-Saturday
Why we love this spot: This new to Oldham County sweet fountain shop has a fun, hip and vibrant atmosphere.  There is something for everyone. Your kids won't mind hanging out with you while you get a caffeine boost.  Sweetness serves Sunergos Coffee - cold or hot. They have several creamer options to add flavor to your coffee. Tea is also available and a variety of fountain drinks.  Grab a delicious cookie to enjoy with your hot beverage of choice. Bonus: they have a drive-thru!
6408 W Hwy 146, #1, Crestwood

Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Open Monday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: This cute café and store is off the beaten path in Westport near the Ohio River. We love this spot for a great slice of homemade pie and coffee.  Make sure you visit for breakfast or lunch too and follow them on Facebook to hear about special events happening in the store and café.
Facebook 7001 Main Street, Westport

Worth the mention:
Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique
If coffee is not your thing, then try Sisters in Buckner.  They have plenty of tea choices and fresh scones for dipping.
4765 Fox Run Rd, Buckner
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

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We think Creasey Mahan's Haunted Hike is the perfect way to kick off your family's Halloween festivities!  The 2018 date is set for Sunday, October 7th from 3-7pm.

We enjoy this early October Halloween event because it allows our family to enjoy outdoor fun on a beautiful Nature Preserve.  The kids get a perfect amount of treats along the trails, love playing on the hay, the hayride is thrilling and the Haunted House is entertaining and not scary.

 photo eli_zps5in3x1yv.jpgGet your costumes ready for lots of fun around the Nature Preserve.  There is an admission fee of $7 for all visitors (Free for children 2 and under).  The admission fee allows visitors to enjoy several activities:
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  • Mile long Fantasy Trail through the Preserve's forest.  This includes treats along the fun walk that has a princess castle, children's favorite characters, a train for kids to sit in and other fun sites.
  • Haunted House full of friendly (not scary) scenes for everyone to see.
  • Harvest Hay Village where several large haystacks are creatively painted as Halloween themed creatures and characters.
  • Hayride around the Preserve and down and around the hilly trails in the woods.
  • Crafts inside the Nature Center.
  • Face painting (some designs are an extra charge)

Enjoy the Inflatable Party Zone for an extra $5 per visitor.  Pizza and ice cream will be sold at the event also.  Be sure to go check out the new Forest Friends playground during your visit, too!

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Where to Find Pumpkins Around Oldham County

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Pumpkins!  We have your list of where to find them around Oldham County.  Plan a whole day of fun with your family or just pick out your perfect pumpkin together at one of the roadside and farm markets around the county.  As always, with any crop, it is always best to contact the business first to check the availability. Happy picking!

Feed & Seed Depot
6315 W Highway 146 Ste B Crestwood, Kentucky 40014502-241-7886
Pumpkins, gourds, apples, mums and more!
Facebook here.

6462 Hwy 146 Crestwood, KY 40014
Pumpkins of all sizes locally grown in Kentucky and Indiana.  Find other fall décor and treats: straw bales, mums, corn stalks, gourds, apple butter and more!
Facebook here.

LaGrange Farmers' Market & Artisans
Located on the Oldham County Courthouse Square in downtown LaGrange, Main Street
Open until 10/27 8am-1pm on Saturdays
Find pumpkins, gourds and other fall décor and treats from local farms.
Facebook here.

FoxHollow Farm
8905 Hwy 329 Crestwood, KY 40014
Find your perfect pumpkin at their Fall Festival on 10/13/18.
Facebook here.

Ashlock Farms
1700 E Hwy 22 Crestwood, KY 40014
Roadside stand with several sizes of pumpkins and gourds.

Clover Cottage
7614 W Highway 146 Pewee Valley, KY 40056
There is a stand in front of the store with pumpkins, gourds, mums and more!

Mt. Zion Ranch
1701 E Mt. Zion Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014
Mt. Zion Ranch has several sizes of pumpkins, cushaw and butternut squash along with ornamental corn and corn stalks at our roadside stand.

Outside Oldham County...

Bray Orchards & Roadside Market
2580 Hwy 42 Bedford, KY 40006
Located off of Hwy 42 in Trimble County.
Pumpkins available in their market. In the past, there have been hayrides and family-fun activities on the weekends. Call the market to verify.
Facebook here.

Gallrein Farms
1029 Vigo Road Shelbyville, KY 40065
Fall fun starts mid-September. U-pick pumpkins or purchase in their market. Many other family-friendly activities (some with additional admission fees), petting zoo, food, music, corn maze and more!
Facebook here.

Mulberry Orchard
1330 Mulberry Pike Shelbyville, KY 40065
Fall festivities begin late September and include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn and soybean mazes, playgrounds and yummy treats in the market place. Check their website for activity hours, some are limited during the week.
Facebook here.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Halloween Events in and Around Oldham County

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Sponsored by:
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Fall Festivals & Events HERE.

9/29: Jack O Lantern Workshop at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, for ages 5-11, 11am-1pm. Fee per person.

10/6: Halloween Clay Workshop at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, for ages 5-adult, $15/participant, register in advance, 10am-12pm

10/6: FREE! LaGrange Fire Safety & Halloween Festival at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange. $5 charge to park at the Fairgrounds. 4-7pm rain or shine.

10/6: FREE! Ghost Stories on the Square at the Oldham County Courthouse Square in LaGrange, 7:30-9:30pm

10/7: Skeleton 5k Run & Spooktacular at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area). Race is at 2pm. Registration fee for the race. Spooktacular 3:30-5pm

 photo haunted hike 2018_zps8qfk9eei.png10/7: The Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen 3-7pm. Kid-friendly fantasy trail with treat stations, hay ride, inflatables, haunted house and more! (Rain date 10/13) $7 general admission, children 2 and under are free. Inflatable zone is $5.

10/14: FREE! Covenant United Methodist Church Fall Festival Bounce houses, carnival games, hot dogs and chili, trunk or treat, car show and more! 3-7pm

10/17: FREE! Saint John United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat in Prospect, pizza and bouncies. Open to children through grade 5. 6:45-8pm

10/19: FREE! St. James Episcopal Church Trunk or Treat in Pewee Valley, 6:30-8:30pm

10/19: FREE! Fall Festival at Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect (Louisville area), 6-8pm

10/20: FREE! Movie in the Park at Central Park in Pewee Valley. 6:45-7:15pm decorate a treat bag. 7:15-7:30pm Trick or Treat for goodies. 7:30pm watch Halloweentown.

10/23: FREE! Pumpkin Painting Party & Contest at 360 Degree Chiropractic in Crestwood, 10am-12pm

10/25: FREE! LaGrange Community Center Halloween Party, games, prizes, treats! 6:30pm

10/27: FREE! LaGrange Halloween Mainia. Trick or treat 11-3pm, costume contest at 1pm.

10/27: Boo Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood 11am-3pm.  Treats until 2pm, magic show at 2-3pm.  $9 admission for adults, $5 admission for children 6-17, Free for children 5 and under.  Facebook event here.

10/27:FREE! Norton Commons Fall Festival in Prospect, 2-5pm

10/27: FREE! DeHaven Baptist Church Children's Fall Festival. Candy, games, etc 4-6pm

10/27: Halloween Demo Derby & Costume Fest at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange, 7:30pm

10/27: FREE! Kidabalou at Northeast Christian Church (Brownsboro) in Louisville (very close to Oldham County), 7-9:30pm

10/28: FREE! Crestwood Animal Hospital Trunk or Treat, 3-6pm

10/28: FREE! Crestwood United Methodist Church Harvestival Trunk or Treat. Chili dinner at 5pm, followed by Trunk or Treat 6-7:30pm.

10/28: FREE! Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Crestwood Trunk or Treat Time TBA

10/28: FREE! Trunk 'R Treat at Christ Church at Goshen. Check back for more information

10/28: FREE! Fall Festival at Ballardsville Baptist Church in Crestwood, trick or treating, games and more. 5pm

10/29: FREE! Oldham County YMCA in Buckner Trick or Treating and not so spooky haunted house. Open to the community! Chili cook-off also. 6-7:30pm

10/30: FREE! Mahan Halloween Spooktacular at the Oldham County Public Library in Goshen, 4-7pm

10/31: FREE! Trunk or Treat at Crestwood Baptist Church, for ages birth-5th grade, 6-8pm

We will update the list as we hear about more Halloween events in the area.  Know of a Halloween event?  Please let us know so we can add it here!

Still waiting on more information for these events:
Kids Pumpkin Painting Event at Reardon's Fruit Market 
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Fun at Cailin Art Studio

This is a sponsored post. 

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Fall is here and Cailin Art Studio is gearing up for fun fall sessions that include Camps during Oldham County Fall Break week and a variety of after school classes for the kiddos. They will be hosting the ColorFALL Festival and Pop-up Shops on October 20th from 11am to 3pm in conjunction with Eleanor’s Room, who also resides at 7910 Floydsburg Road in Crestwood. 

 photo Olivia pottery_zpsp0zd7f5l.jpegThe ColorFall Festival will feature a wide variety of demonstrations by the teachers including pottery wheel, acrylic pouring, art journaling, and more. Participants can get hands on with a variety of free art projects for kids and adults. Local artists including the teachers at the Studio will have work for sale at the Pop-Up Shop to kick off the holiday gifting season. Plus, they’ll be having a chili cook-off between the teachers so there will be plenty of good food for everyone! The event is free and open to all.

During Fall Break kids can enjoy a variety of 3-day Art Camps, including pottery, drawing and painting, and illustration. Throughout the school year, the Studio offers kids after school classes in drawing, painting, and pottery and has focused classes for each age group from Kindergarten through High School. They even have a family art class for preschoolers that encourages the whole family to get involved.

 photo adults wheel_zpsvsxpgsco.jpgThere’s also great offerings for the grown-ups! Oil Painting, Art Journaling, and Pottery 6-week classes are available for adults as well as a wide variety of one time workshops in resin jewelry, acrylic pouring, illustration, sewing, and more.

Make sure to follow Cailin Art Studio on Facebook, Instagram and their website to keep up with class offerings and special events. New workshops and classes are added regularly.
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Holiday Craft Shows & Bazaars Around Oldham County

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This time of year brings several craft shows, art fairs and holiday bazaars to area churches, community centers and businesses.  Check out this list of places to find unique art, crafts and vendor items in Oldham County!

This list is updated as 2018 dates become available.  If you know of a craft or vendor fair in the area and would like it added to the list, please email and don't forget to also submit it to our FREE calendar!


9/8: Henry County Arts & Craft Show at the Henry County Fairgrounds 10am-4pm

9/8-9/9: Trimble County Apple Festival in Bedford. Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm

9/22: Fall Harvest Craft & Vendor Fair at Real Family Church in LaGrange, 10am-3pm

9/29: Shop Fall, Shop Small Vendor Fair at the Belknap Campus in Prospect, 10am-3pm

9/29 & 9/30: Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art in Madison, Indiana, 10am-5pm


10/13: Arts & Crafts Day in Pewee Valley at Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church and St. James Episcopal Church. 10am-4pm.

10/20: ColorFALL Festival & Pop Up Shop at Cailin Art Studio and Eleanor's Room in Crestwood, 11am-3pm


11/3-11/4: Colonial Christmas Market in the Rob Morris Building at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 10am-4pm

11/3: Ballardsville Baptist Church Craft Fair in Crestwood, 9am-2pm

11/5: MOPS Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair at Saint John United Methodist Church in Prospect 6:30-9pm

11/10: Belknap Event Center Holiday Bazaar at the North Oldham Lion's Club in Prospect. 9am-4pm

11/10 & 11: Oldham Arts on City Place at City Place in LaGrange. 10am-5pm and 11am-4pm

11/29 (Tentative Date): Holiday Showcase at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension in LaGrange (Buckner area), 10am.

Waiting on 2018 Dates:
LaGrange Assembly of God Holiday Bazaar
LaGrange Presbyterian Church Holiday Bazaar


Waiting on 2018 Dates:
North Oldham Middle School Boosters Bazaar in Goshen
Holiday Craft and Art Show at North Oldham Middle School

Do you know of another Craft Fair or Bazaar in the Oldham County area? Let us know so we can add it to our list!
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour

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 photo alpaca_zpslay10ntc.jpgThe Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is one event our family looks forward to each year!  We realize this event is not located in Oldham County, but is so worth writing about and sharing all of the fun and learning that comes along with it.

The 2018 tour date is on Saturday, September 15th and is 9am-4pm.  This year there are nine participating farms!  Your family has the opportunity to drive the 75 mile trail and learn about the animals, crops, machinery, farm processes, products, workers and more.  The 4-H hands-on experiences are wonderful for children and adults.  Some of the farms will have samples of their products that families can touch and even taste. There is no cost for the tour, but some farms do have items for sale.

 photo tobacco_zpsskpuoqah.jpgThe animals were by far my family's favorite.  On this year's tour, you can expect to see alpacas, dairy cows, horses, sheep, goats, chickens and who knows what else!  Some of the farms allow you to get up close and personal with the animals.  Last year, we were able to feed a horse a carrot, pet an alpaca and brush a cow.

Here are our tips for the tour:
  • Try to visit every farm!  Each stop has a unique experience, different from the last stop.  Pick up a farm tour map at any participating farm (on the day of the tour), the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office and Shelbyville and Simpsonville Farmers Markets.
  • This is a self-guided tour, so go at your own pace, but start early.  We found that parking was tricky at some stops last year, so be patient.  If one farm is too busy, try another close by farm and then go back to the one you skipped. 
  • You're touring farms - wear play clothes and old shoes.  Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended also.
  • Restrooms might be hard to find - plan ahead with stops at fast food restaurants in town.  Porta-Potties are set up at some of the stops.  Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Pack snacks, but also plan a lunch break at one of the stops.  The farm tour map will indicate which farms will have food for sale.  Look for the "Local Foods" logo. We hear that the Shelby County Kentucky Cattleman's Association will be set up at stop #8 serving food.  Bring cash!
  • Don't forget to turn in your Farm Tour Passport.  Get a special stamp at each farm.  There is a drawing you can enter after you visit every stop.  
  • Thank the families that open up their farms! We found last year's farmers and volunteers to be very kind and informative.
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