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Henry County Harvest Showcase

‘Parade of Breeds’ a first
for annual agriculture event

Day includes a variety
of activities for young and old

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (July 2009) – The Henry County Saddle Club was formed four years ago with members from Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties in Kentucky. In that short period of time, they have grown to include 60 families among their membership, a testament to their wide appeal.

Henry County harvest Showcase

Photo provided

There is agricultural-related fun for
everyone at the annual Henry
County Harvest Showcase.

The club, which holds a monthly horse show, will present a Parade of Breeds at this year’s 10th annual Harvest Showcase and Lunch at the Farmers Market. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25.
The saddle club’s parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. with riding demonstrations taking place throughout the day, said Henry County Saddle Club president Randy Ricketts. The saddle club is participating in the Harvest Showcase for the first time this year because, “we want to be more active within the county and gain more members,” said Ricketts.
He said the saddle club hopes to have several different breeds on hand, including American quarter horses, Morgans, Arabians, draft horses, paints, Saddlebreds, miniature horses, Rocky Mountains and thoroughbreds. Ricketts, a Pleasureville resident, owns paints and quarter horses.
Henry County Extension Agent Maryellen Garrison called the Harvest Showcase “a day of great family fun.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds located on Hwy. 421 between New Castle and Pleasureville.
The Harvest Showcase’s lineup includes music, food and lots of fun. The day kicks off with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. for those setting up booths. Breakfast is provided by the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and will be served until 11 a.m.
Other food providers include Smithfield residents Wendell and Ernestine Thomas of the Fall City Smokers Competition Barbecue Team, the Pleasureville Depot and the Henry County Cattlemen.
Musical entertainment will feature the Henry County Marching Band, Music ‘N a Box, Muddy Loafers and Unfinished. Agricultural products and information will be available from Henry County farmers, craftsmen, local and regional chefs and agricultural business people. Local craftspeople will have booths set up to display their artwork and a broommaking demonstration will be given by Followin’ Family Traditions.
“This event will hold lots of appeal for children,” said Garrison. Old-time games such as soybean sandbox, thimble in the haystack and corn hole will be played.
A petting zoo and livestock pavilion will appeal to children and adults alike. Connie Snowden, coordinator for the animal events, said displays, demonstrations and contests such as barrel racing will be held. Livestock animals will include dairy cattle, sheep, rabbits, goats, chickens, llamas and alpacas. It will be a diverse “representation of the livestock raised here in Henry County,” Snowden said.
If attendees would like to show their competitive side, they may want to try their hand at a Corn Hole Tournament at 2 p.m., a Husband Calling and Liar’s Contest at 12:45 p.m. or a Celebrity Milking Contest at 11 a.m. The later contest will feature Kentucky Kate and all elected officials in Henry County have been invited to participate.
It will be a timed (11/2 minute) milking contest between two local “celebrities,” said contest organizer Susan Coleman. Kentucky Kate is a life-size fiberglass milkable cow owned by the Kentucky Milk Producers Association.
Coleman is a dairy farmer with 60 head of cattle who lives between New Castle and Eminence. She is also a pen-and-ink and watercolor artist who usually displays her artwork at the Harvest Showcase.
Coleman said she and fellow Henry Countian Ginger Coomes wanted “to do something educational about dairying.” Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Celebrity Milking Contest. “There will also be a display of different feeds and the products produced,” from cattle, and children’s giveaways, said Coleman.
“This is a very friendly local event,” Coleman said. “There are so many people who attend that we have an excellent opportunity to educate kids about the farm.”
Other events include an Antique Tractor Show; a Henry County Ag Diversification group meeting at 2 p.m.; a Community Farm Alliance meeting at 2:30 p.m.; and an Antique Tractor Pull at 4 p.m. There are more than 2,000 members of the Community Farm Alliance in 75 Kentucky counties.
“Last year, there were more than 4,000 in attendance from Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Trimble, Jefferson, Fayette, Owen, Franklin and Mercer counties in Kentucky, and Indiana and Ohio,” said Garrison. The Harvest Showcase is “a grassroots attempt to promote the agricultural economy to local residents and also an opportunity to reach out to our city neighbors and help them to reconnect with the land.”

• For more information, contact the Henry County Extension Office at (502) 845-2811.

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