to stage festival at Butler Park
and crafts event returns
to Labor Day weekend timeframe
(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 years festival
will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day Saturday, Sept. 4,
at Gen. Butler State Resort Park.
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
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 farmers 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
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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