& Country Day
County to celebrate
rural heritage, local products
to hold annual
plant sale during the event
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (May 2010) For the last seven
years, homemakers in Oldham County have held an annual plant sale, which
they have chosen to expand by inclusion in a relatively new event, Town
& Country Day. The Oldham County Homemakers clubs are all about
learning and sharing what they know.
get a hands-on view of
farm life at Town & Country Day.
Rae Ann Roley has been a club member for 25 years and
in that time expanded her knowledge on a variety of useful topics. Roley
is president of the Morning Glory Homemakers club. In an effort to share
with others, We hold a lot of public classes, she said.
All of our members enjoy participating in the annual plant sale, said
Roley. All proceeds fund community projects.
The homemakers give away two scholarships each year. The plant sale
has allowed us to expand the base for our scholarships,
she said. It also allows them to provide sponsorship to 4-H camp and
fund teachers for public classes.
We are an all-volunteer organization, said Roley. One
hundred percent of proceeds are put back into the programs.
The homemakers will have a wonderful variety of plants for sale
at Town & Country Day, Roley said. Selections will include
annuals and perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, flowering bulbs, and
trees and shrubs from Jules Klein Nursery in Crestwood.
Most of the perennials are started from seed, dug from members
gardens and labeled. Having members on hand is a bonus because they
can tell buyers where and how to plant their purchases, since they were
dug from members own gardens, said Roley, who is a Master Gardener.
Members of the Master Gardeners Association will be available to answer
general gardening questions.
In addition to the wealth of plant knowledge, Town & Country
Day allows people to learn about our rural heritage and their farm neighbors
in Oldham County, said Traci Missun, County Agent for Agriculture
and Natural Resources for the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service.
Its a free event that offers fun and educational activities
for both kids and adults.
Town & Country Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 8 at
the Oldham County Fairgrounds, 2401 W. Hwy. 146 in La Grange. The event
will feature a Homemakers Plant Sale, pony rides, Farmers Market vendors,
horse-drawn wagon rides, horse show, 4-H kids games, Antique Iron
Club tractor display, dog agility, spinning, beekeeping, Kentucky Kate
milk cow, livestock and poultry, food preservation techniques, Ask A
Master Gardener, natural horsemanship demonstration and food vendors,
including the Oldham County Cattlemens Association.
Missun said Oldham County is unique because it is equally split between
farmland and residential areas. But she added, Many people who
work out of the county may not realize the services offered by the Extension
Service that could help with their homes and farms. I feel this event
helps advertise our services to new audiences.
Joyce McKinney, co-chairperson of the event, said that even though it
was very well attended last year, some people have never heard
Town & Country Day is fun for the whole family, said
McKinney. With so many offerings, the event gets better every
A new attraction for this years event is a horse show, sponsored
by the Oldham County Saddle Club. Sarah Garner, originator of the saddle
club, was a spectator at last years Town & Country Day. Our
goal is to keep the competition fun and learn more about Oldham County,
The 11 a.m. horse show is for all ages and all skill levels. Prizes
will be awarded for first through fourth place winners in the form of
ribbons and jackpots for a few of the classes which include English,
Western and Game.
Jessica Wuchterl will be the judge for the horse show. In addition to
competing on the hunter circuit, Wuchterl has worked as brood mare manager
for Moserwood Farm in Prospect.
Town & Country Day is a nice opportunity to spend time in
a relaxed setting and chat with other folks, Missun said. We
live life too fast nowadays and events like this help us slow down a
For more information on the Horse Show,
For more information on Town & Country Day, call the Oldham County
Extension office at (502) 222-9453. Patrons may want to bring chairs,
as there is limited bleacher seating.
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