County Harvest Show
of horses new to
2003 Henry County festival lineup
Helen E. McKinney
NEW CASTLE, Ky. (July 2003) The words horses
and Kentucky are often synonymous in this region. Henry
County is not to be excluded from these terms, due to a new event taking
place at this years Henry County Harvest Showcase.
A Parade of Horse Breeds will include information about pleasure and
working horses, said county extension agent Steve Moore. Many different
horse farms have been invited to participate, said parade organizer
The fourth annual Henry County Harvest Showcase will be held to exhibit
local farmers and agricultural related businesses in an effort to continue
the farming tradition. This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. on July 26 at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
by Helen E. McKinney
as the Broomaker demonstrates her craft.
Roberts is owner of Royal Acres Morgans, along with husband
Brad, her mother Mary Douglas, and her two daughters, Sarah and Stephanie.
With more than 30 years experience, Roberts is a second-generation Morgan
breeder. She also gives riding lessons and has two stallions for breeding
on her farm.
Roberts said the idea for the Parade of Horse Breeds developed from
a similar event she had attended at the Kentucky Horse Park at Lexington.
Onlookers will learn about the different characteristics of each breed
represented at the Showcase.
Her interest with Morgans began when Roberts went with her high
school 4-H club to visit what used to be known as the Shamrock Morgan
Farm in Smithfield, Ky. She went to work there, along with her father,
helping to train and do general labor around the farm for owners Julie
and Rob Wilson.
So enthralled by these horses was Roberts that when she took a trip
to Buffalo, N.Y., to look for a mare, she came home with a Morgan stallion
instead, she said. The Showcase gives Henry Countians such as Roberts
the opportunity to introduce onlookers to what the county has to offer.
Its an effort to increase the publics awareness that
local farmers produce really valuable services and products, said
Moore. Its one of the best agricultural-type events ever
The Showcase is a direct result of planning by concerned members of
the Henry County Community Farm Alliance. Organizers strongly encourage
participation to grow and market local materials as a way of keeping
the farming tradition alive.
A strong point of the event is that it draws in crowds from several
nearby counties, said Judge-Executive John Logan Brent, who has been
involved with the Showcase from its conception. So many people
made contacts from Oldham and Jefferson Counties, which helped
market their products throughout the year in urban and suburban areas,
The Showcase is also an educational eye-opener for children. For the
first time, Kids from urban areas are able to identify a food
item with a farmer, not with a grocery store, said Brent.
Children are introduced to old-time games, hayrides and a petting zoo.
Since the occupation of farming is not as prevalent as it once was,
many children have never experienced it firsthand. Organizers of this
event strive to make it educational and enjoyable.
Brent said a new draw for this year is a horseshoe-pitching tournament.
The focus of the event still remains on food and a fun day for
A full day of activities center on an emphasis on good, locally grown
produce. Scheduled attractions are livestock exhibits, a Boer goat show,
arts and crafts, food art, KDA rollover safety demonstration, entertainment
by Music N A Box and Country Faith, drawing for a premium black
angus heifer donated by Capstone Farm, and noted chefs from the Patron
Restaurant, Country Bos BBQ and the Henry County Cattlemans
Association preparing locally grown food.
The number of attendees has steadily increased since the first Showcase.
The first year, 600 people turned out, followed by 1,200 the second
year, with more than 2,000 last year. With more than 100 participants
this year, Showcase hours have been expanded.
Brent said the KDA (Kentucky Department of Agriculture) has always had
a presence at the Showcase, but has really increased their involvement
While there will be a KDA classroom food education trailer for kids,
the educational qualities of the Showcase are not only geared for children.
KDA state apiarist Phil Craft will provide information on beekeeping.
Through a booth display, Craft will provide basic information on how
to get started in beekeeping, a listing of beekeeper associations that
might provide more information, his own newsletter and disease and predator
protection for bee colonies.
Beekeeping tends to be an interesting topic, said Craft.
It is a fairly easy venture to get into, and one hive will yield 12
quarts of honey. There are several honey producers in Henry County.
Craft said there is a renewed interest in beekeeping. There is
a lot of support at the state level. Craft will provide answers
to such topics as the parasitic mite problem that has occurred in the
last decade and pollination. With more farmers producing large alternative
vegetable crops, such as pumpkin and squash, the bees are needed for
pollination, he said.
For more information, contact John Logan Brent at (502) 845-5707
or Doug Bates at (502) 845-0806.
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