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Goldenrod Gala revived

Carrollton to stage festival at Butler Park

Arts and crafts event returns
to Labor Day weekend timeframe

By Konnie McCollum
Contributing Writer

(August 2006) – Festival goers in Carrollton, Ky., will be happy about the restoration of an annual arts and entertainment festival in their town. The Goldenrod Gala, a juried arts and entertainment festival, has been revived after a long hiatus. This year’s festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day Saturday, Sept. 4, at Gen. Butler State Resort Park.

antique tractor

File photo

An antique tractor
display is among the
offerings at the upcoming Goldenrod Gala.

Originally started in 1983, the festival had a successful run for about 10 years, but then a lack of volunteers and other factors caused it to end. Cathy Gilbert, daughter of Goldenrod Gala founder Jean Montgomery, said civic leaders thought the original festival had a good reputation and was a great family festival, so they decided to resume it.
“The festival will be run very similar to the way it was done in the past, and many of the original volunteers are working on it again,” Gilbert said. Organizers say they are excited about the festival that showcases local area craftspeople, musicians and entertainers.
Although the festival is a juried one, which means that all items entered into it need to be handmade, Gilbert stressed organizers are “very liberal about the screening.” She added that while the items need to be handcrafted, they need not be expensive in order to be included.
A variety of crafts and food items have already been accepted into the festival, including handmade dulcimers, quilts, stained glass, handmade soaps, jewelry, baskets, appliqué, homegrown honey and numerous woodcrafts. Anyone who would like to participate as a vendor is welcome to fill out an application.
Along with craftspeople, there will be an antique tractor display by the Pioneer Tractor Club, craft demonstrations and local food vendors. Local civic groups and church groups are encouraged to open food booths at the festival. A farmer’s market with fresh local produce will be open as well.
For entertainment, a mixture of gospel, bluegrass and acoustic musicians will be performing. Church groups are also encouraged to join the entertainment. Each group participating will have about 15 minutes onstage. Organizers have extended an invitation to all local residents to get involved in the festival.
While there have been many individual volunteers working on the festival, there are numerous sponsors as well. Among the sponsors are the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, City of Carrollton, Carroll County Agriculture Extension Service, Carroll County Community Development Corp, and the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission.

• For more information about the festival, call (502) 732-7030 or (502) 732-7034 or (502) 732-4384.

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